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Jackson, Shelley

(1963-    ) Philippines-born author and artist, married 1987-1998 to Jonathan Lethem, who began to publish work of genre interest with the Hypertext novel Patchwork Girl (1995 ebook). This Interactive Narrative in Gothic SF mode encourages the reader to explore portions of a woman's body which are to be stitched together – both by the reader's growing comprehension and by Mary Shelley, a character in the tale – to assemble a female version of the Frankenstein ...

Darlington, Andrew

(1947-    ) UK poet and author, sometimes writing as Andy Darlington, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Stairs and Steps" in Corridor for May-June 1972; a selection of his poetry has been assembled as Euroshima Mon Amour: Poems from the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits (coll 2000 chap) (see Poetry), and a selection of his short fiction as A Saucerful of Secrets (coll 2016). Darlington's sf novel, In the Time of the Breaking: New Directions in Scientifiction ...

Maeda Kensetsu

Maeda Kensetsu Kōgyō Kabushiki-kaisha ["Maeda Construction and Manufacturing Limited"], a Japanese building and civil engineering company, established in 1919, credited with many large-scale dams, tunnels and railway lines in Japan and other parts of Asia. Notable here for its Fantasy Eigyō-bu ["Fantasy Marketing Department"], a fake division set up as a public relations and recruitment exercise circa 2003, for which the corporation's engineers and managers would treat science ...

Free, Colin

(1925-1996) Australian author whose The Soft Kill (1973), set in a totalitarian Near Future world in the depths of an Overpopulation crisis (an emphasis which clearly dates Free's concerns, as later in the twentieth century overpopulation became an issue more often ignored than confronted); the privileged few live in elevated Keeps. [JC]

Invasion of the Star Creatures

Film (1962). Alta Vista Productions, American International Pictures. Produced by Berj Hagopian. Directed by Bruno VeSota. Written by Jonathan Haze based on his original story "Monsters from Nicholson Mesa". Cast includes Robert Ball (credited as Bob Ball), Mark Ferris, Frankie Ray, Dolores Reed and Gloria Victor. 70 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of comically inept US Army soldiers, Privates Philbrick (Ball) and Penn (Ray), are sent along with several competent troopers to investigate ...

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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