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Older, Daniel José

(?   -    ) US EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and author whose works are usually fantasy interfused with topoi from the fertile imaginary of Magic Realism, as directed to Young Adult readers. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crate" in Crossed Genres for June 2010, gaining considerable notice for his first series, the Shadowshaper Cypher sequence ...

Machine, The

Film (2013). Red & Black Films. Directed and written by Caradog W James. Cast includes Jade Croot, Helen Griffin, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Jean-Paul Macleod and Toby Stephens. 91 minutes. Colour. / There is no backstory; by the year 2013, it may be, the makers of The Machine felt none would be necessary. The viewer is dumped in medias res into a desolate surveillance-heavy Near Future England just as a ...

Parowski, Maciej

(1946-2019) Polish author, editor, literary and film critic, co-author and popularizer of Comics and Graphic Novels, since 1982 closely connected with Fantastyka (the first Polish magazine entirely dedicated to Fantastika), which he co-founded and where he has been the editor of Polish fiction for the whole of its thirty-year existence. In the late 1960s and early 1970s ...

Slocomb, Cora

(1862-1944) US author who became well known for her successful campaign to clear Maria Barbieri, an Italian immigrant woman, of an unsound conviction for first degree murder; Barbieri would have been the first woman to be judicially electrocuted; her case aroused widespread Feminist interest, though Slocomb herself was subject to death threats. Rather less gripping than these events, her novel, An American Idyll (1896; vt ...

Pronzini, Bill

Working name of US author William John Pronzini (1943-    ), prolific and admired in several genres, notably crime fiction, since his first book, The Stalker (1971). Though he has published some very effective Horror, including Masques: A Novel of Terror (1981), and several other novels – including Night Screams (1979) and Prose Bowl (1980), both with Barry N ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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