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Woltor, Robert

(?   -?   ) US author of a Yellow Peril tale, A Short and Truthful History of the Taking of California and Oregon by the Chinese in the Year AD 1899 (1882), constructed in the form of a Future History which recounts the Chinese naval Invasion of San Francisco (see California); by 1899, China, aided by immigrant Fifth Columnists, threatens the rest of America. [JC]

Europa Report

Film (2013). Magnet Releasing and Wayfare Entertainment present a Wayfare Entertainment production. Directed by Sebastián Cordero. Written by Philip Gelatt. Cast includes Christian Camargo, Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu and Karolina Wydra. 89 minutes. Colour. / Six astronauts search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon. / Found Footage forms the basis of this uneasy-but-interesting mixture of Spacesuit Film and Horror in SF told ...


The most dramatic fictional quirks of human memory are its loss or external manipulation, as discussed in the entries for Amnesia and Memory Edit (see also Dream Hacking). Also of occasional sf interest is the phenomenon of photographic or eidetic memory, sometimes treated as a minor Superpower. Among the best-known examples are: the eponym of Jorge Luis Borges's "Funes el memorioso" (June 1942 La Nación; trans Anthony Kerrigan as "Funes the Memorious"), whose gift is something of a ...

Johnstone, D Lawson

(1869-1905) Scottish author who published all his well-regarded fiction, mostly Young Adult novels, between 1888 and the turn of the century. His first work of sf interest is The Mountain Kingdom: A Narrative of Adventure (1888), a Jules Verne-style Lost-World tale whose young protagonists travel into Kisnia, the Kingdom of the Smoking Mountains (in Tibet), which is inhabited by descendants of ancient Greeks; our heroes attempt to thwart a rebellion against the monarch. The Paradise of the ...

Rossiter, Oscar

Pseudonym of US physician and author Vernon Harold Skeels (1918-2007), who received his MD in 1949 and whose sf novel, Tetrasomy Two (1974), is set in a hospital where a seemingly helpless human vegetable turns out to be an Antihero, an amoral Superman preparing to eliminate the solar system in order to accumulate the energy necessary to tour the Galaxy. The Australian film Patrick (1978) directed by Richard Franklin, although its central figures ambitions are less cosmic, is based on a ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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