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She Creature, The

Film (1956; vt The She-Creature). Golden State Productions/American International Pictures. Produced by Alex Gordon. Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Lou Rusoff from a story by Rusoff based on an original idea by Jerry Zigmund. Cast includes Paul Blaisdell (uncredited), Tom Conway, Marla English, Lance Fuller, Chester Morris and Ron Randell. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Unscrupulous hypnotist Dr Carlo Lombardi (Morris) discovers during a performance one evening that Andrea Talbot ...


Film (1967). Worldfilm Services and Memorial Enterprises/Universal. Directed by Peter Watkins. Written by Norman Bogner, based on a story by Johnny Speight. Cast includes Max Bacon, Paul Jones, Mark London and Jean Shrimpton. 103 minutes. Colour. / A successful rock-star (Jones) is used by a Near-Future UK government as a puppet Messiah to manipulate the opinions of the youthful citizens. He is forced to change his image to suit the plans of the Establishment, but rebels, only, ironically, ...

Gordimer, Nadine

(1923-2014) South African author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. From her long career – she began publishing short fiction in 1937 – one novel is of sf interest, July's People (1981), set in a disarrayed Near Future South Africa; a white family is rescued from danger by its Black servant. Like other Gordimer novels touching on the politics and future of apartheid, the book was banned by the South African government of the day. [JC]

Kollin, Dani

(1964-    ) US advertising copywriter and author, with his twin brother Eytan Kollin, of the Justin Cord sequence beginning with The Unincorporated Man (2009), a Sleeper Awakes tale whose protagonist, after two centuries of Suspended Animation, finds the ruthlessly corporate future (individuals are purchasable on the stock market) not to his fairly conservative taste. This first volume won the Prometheus Award for Libertarian SF. On traditional sf lines, the unincorporated ...

Wolfe, Bernard

(1915-1985) US author best known for his work outside the sf field. He gained a BA in psychology from Yale in 1935, worked for two years in the Merchant Marine, and for a time was personal secretary to Leon Trotsky (1874-1940) in Mexico, though he was not on duty when his charge was assassinated; The Great Prince Died (1959), a novel, is a very positive treatment of Trotsky. Wolfe subsequently became a war correspondent, newsreel editor and freelance writer, and contributed stories and articles ...

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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