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Van Tuyl, Zaara

(1901-?   ) US grade school teacher until 1955, student of the occult and author, educated at Fresno State College, Fresno, California. Her sf novel is Skyways for Doorian (1967). [DRL/JC]

Pitch Black

Film (2000). Polygram Filmed Entertainment presents an Interscope Communications production. Directed by David Twohy. Written by Jim & Ken Wheat and Twohy; story by the Wheats. Cast includes Claudia Black, Keith David, Vin Diesel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Rhiana Griffith, Cole Hauser and Radha Mitchell. Theatrical version 110 minutes; Director's Cut 112 minutes. Colour. / Titled Nightfall in its early development, Twohy's film cheekily co-opts the premise of Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" ...

Basu, Samit

(1979-    ) Indian film-maker, Comics writer and author who began publishing with the Gamesworld Trilogy beginning with The Simoqin Prophecies (2003). The sequence is notable for its use of the topoi of Genre Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], reworked exuberantly through an Indian lens. It helped establish Basu as one of the leading voices of twenty-first-century genre fiction writers in India. Further work included a Young Adult title, Terror on ...

Arkham House

US Small Press founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin, by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei in order to produce a collection of H P Lovecraft's stories, The Outsider and Others (coll 1939). Although this was not initially a success, the imprint continued (Derleth bought out Wandrei in 1943) and published a variety of weird, fantasy and horror collections by Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Clark Ashton Smith and many others, later including original stories and novels; it produced the ...

Shadowrun

Role Playing Game (1989). FASA. Designed by Bob Charrette, Tom Dowd, Paul Hume. / The setting for Shadowrun is a curious Science and Sorcery fusion of high Fantasy and Cyberpunk, an innovation which greatly appealed to many players but has resulted in adverse comments on its aesthetics from, amongst others, William Gibson. Some aspects of the design are closely based on actual technology and history, notably the rules for handling shamanic magic and Cyberspace, but the primary influences on ...

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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