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Parnov, Eremei

(1935-2009) Russian scientist and author, almost all of whose sf of interest was published in collaboration with Mikhail Emtsev (whom see for details). After the partnership broke up in 1970, Parnov published some further work, like Prosnis' V Famaguste ["Wake up in Famagusta"] (1985), which mixes Eastern mysticism and Alien encounters in a formula adventure plot. Some superficial sf criticism appears in Fantastika V Vek NTR ["SF in the Age of Scientific Revolution"] (1974) and Zerkalo Uranii ...

Clark, Alan M

(1957-    ) US illustrator and author, in the latter capacity mainly of horror, often in collaboration, beginning with Not Broken, Not Belonging (1994 chap), a novelette. His first novel, Promised (2005) with Jeremy Robert Johnson, is also horror, as is the Blood of Father Time sequence beginning with The New Cut (2007) with Stephen C Merritt and Lorelei Shannon. Some of his tales provide implied Horror in SF premises, but without much sense that such premises are central. / ...

West, Anthony

(1914-1987) UK author, who used his mother's pseudonym not her legal surname (Fairfield), son of H G Wells and Rebecca West; in America for much of his life. His H G Wells: Aspects of a Life (1984), published just after his mother's death, was widely understood as an act of retribution aimed mainly at her – he was raised eccentrically, mostly at her hands – and only secondarily at Wells; his earlier nonfantastic novel, Heritage (1955), had been even more explicit, and was not ...

Voyage dans la Lune, Le

Film (1902; vt A Trip to the Moon). Star-Film. Directed and written by Georges Méliès, from novels cited below. Cast includes Henri Delannoy, François Lallement, Jules-Eugène Legris, Georges Méliès. 21 minutes. Tinted. / This is the first sf film (apart from short subjects lasting only 1-2 minutes). French Cinema pioneer Méliès based his amusing spectacle extremely loosely on Jules Verne's De la terre à la lune (1865; trans as ...

Guerrier, Simon

(1976-    ) UK scriptwriter and author, mostly of material in the Doctor Who universe, including his first story of genre interest, "Libra: The Switching" in Short Trips: Zodiac (anth 2002) edited by Jacqueline Rayner; his Doctor Who novels include Doctor Who: The Time Travellers (2005) and Doctor Who: The Pirate Loop (2007). Some of his anthologies are of interest, beginning with A Life Worth Living (anth 2004), in the Bernice Summerfield sequence spun-off from Doctor Who ...

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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