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Zamiatin, Yevgeny

(1884-1937) Russian author who graduated in naval engineering from St Petersburg Polytechnical Institute; his studies were interrupted by participation in the 1905 Revolution as a Bolshevik, prison and deportation (a sentence which was renewed 1911-1913). He began writing in 1908, withdrew from active politics, lectured at the Polytechnic Institute until his emigration, ran foul of the Tsarist censor in 1914, and built icebreakers in the UK 1916-1917. / Zamiatin wrote about forty volumes of ...

Jensen, Van

(?   -    ) US editor, journalist, Comics scriptwriter and author, who may be best known for Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer (2009). He is more direct sf interest for his first novel, Godfall (2023), in which a huge Asteroid about to impact Earth turns out not to be an Alien Macrostructure but an actual three-mile-tall ...

Bing, Stanley

Pseudonym of US television executive, humorous essayist and author Gil Schwartz (1951-2020), a columnist for Fortune magazine for many years following a decade at Esquire. His first novel, Lloyd: What Happened: A Novel of Business (1998), in which a world-transforming project is never actually described, shies just short of the fantastic. Bing is of sf interest for the Near Future Immortal Life: (A Soon to Be True Story) ...

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

1. Film (1956). Allied Artists. Produced by Walter Wanger. Directed by Don Siegel. Written by Daniel Mainwaring, Sam Peckinpah (uncredited), based on The Body Snatchers (10-24 December 1954 Collier's Weekly; 1955; vt Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1973; rev 1978) by Jack Finney. Cast includes King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter. 80 minutes. Black and ...

Roberts, Tansy Rayner

(1978-    ) Australian fan (see Fandom) and Fanzine writer, and author, winning Hugo awards in 2013 and 2015 for her fan accomplishments; her fiction is almost exclusively fantasy [not listed below]. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Musketeer Space (2017), a Space Opera specifically ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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