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Kowal, Mary Robinette

(1969-    ) US author and professional puppeteer, known for her series of Jane Austen-inflected fantasies beginning with Shades of Milk and Honey (2010); see Checklist below for full listing. She has also written short fiction, some of it sf. Her first published story of genre interest was "Just Right" for The First Line in 2005; early short fiction was collected in Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (coll 2009). Kowal received the John W Campbell Award for best new writer ...

Thompson, E P

(1924-1993) UK historian and author, father of Kate Thompson; his highly articulate Marxist interpretation of the last centuries of UK history is best expressed in The Making of the English Working Class (1963). His studies of William Morris – William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) and The Communism of William Morris (1965 chap) – are of sf interest; his only novel, The Sykaos Papers: Being an Account of the Voyages of the Poet Oi Pas to the System of Strim in the ...

Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish-Mexican film (2006). Original title El laberinto del fauno. Directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. CafeFX, Esperanto Filmoj, Estudios Picasso, OMM, Sententia Entertainment, Telecinco, Tequila Gang, Wild Bunch. Cast includes Pablo Adán, Álex Angulo, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López and Maribel Verdú. 119 minutes. Colour. / Long ago, Princess Moanna of the Underworld ascended a spiral staircase to reach the Earth's surface, only to ...

Cameron, Berl

A House Name used for sf novels published by Curtis Warren and written by John S Glasby (always in collaboration with Arthur Roberts), Brian Holloway, Denis Hughes and David O'Brien. The latter's International Research Council Future History [see Checklist] has a further volume as by Kris Luna. [JC/DRL]

Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by £1 annually to reflect the year. The announced shortlist and the subsequent winner ...

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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