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Gargoyles

US tv film, (1972). Tomorrow Entertainment/ABC Television network. Directed by B W L Norton. Scripted by Steven Karpf and Elinor Karpf. Gargoyles designed by Stan Winston. Cast: Cornell Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Bernie Casey, Woody Chambliss, Scott Glenn. 74 minutes. Colour. / Anthropologist Mercer Boley (Wilde) and daughter Diana Boley (Salt) make a side trip to visit roadside curio-shop owner Uncle Willie (Chambliss) who has seen Boley on a talk show claims to possess something the Professor ...

Pringle, David

(1950-    ) Scottish editor and author, long resident in England but back in Scotland from 2004, who served as Research Fellow for the Science Fiction Foundation in East London 1978-1979 and as editor of Foundation 1980-1986. With Malcolm Edwards he was one of the prime movers in the eight-strong collective which founded Interzone in 1982, eventually becoming its sole editor and publisher in 1988 and co-editing all five anthologies taken from the magazine: Interzone: The ...

Olympica

Board and counter Wargame (1978). Metagaming Concepts. Designed by Lynn Willis. / In Olympica a Hive Mind has spontaneously appeared in a communications Web used on twenty-third-century Mars, and is threatening to absorb a million human minds before expanding out into the solar system. Earth's United Nations orders a raid on a vital nexus of the Web Mind positioned in the caldera of the extinct Olympus Mons volcano, hoping to gain information crucial to the success of their planned ...

Nichols, Robert [2]

(1919-2010) US poet and author of the Daily Lives in Nghsi-Altai sequence describing in fictionalized terms a pacific, agricultural, myth-driven Utopia, beginning with Red Shift: An Introduction to Nghsi-Altai (1977) with Peter Schumann and ending with Exile: Book IV of Daily Lives in Nghsi-Altai (1978). From the Steam Room: A Satire of Global Perspective on the Financial Ruin of New York (1993) is a Near Future Satire set in a bankrupt New York; the tale is told in a tone of hallucinated ...

Sher, Abby

(?   -    ) US actor, performer and author, who is of sf interest for Sanctuary (2020) with Paola Mendoza, a Near Future Young Adult tale set in the Dystopian America of 2040 [for further details see her collaborator]. [JC]

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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