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Tarzan, Deloris Lehman

Pseudonym of US art critic and author Deloris Tarzan Ament (1934-    ), active from around 1970 in Seattle, Washington; she also writes as by Winifred Concannon. Her sf novel Red Tide (1975) with D D Chapman, which is initially set in a research station Under the Sea, describes the disastrous Ecological consequences of sudden anomalies in the growth of the eponymous algal bloom; the protagonists of the tale then discover that a connected Disaster has made the surface of the ...

Splatter Movies

Term used by 1980s movie-goers to describe films that display gore, disembowelment and mutilation as a central feature. Many exploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s fall into this category, including such fringe sf/Horror movies as Bad Taste (1987), Day of the Dead (1985), Re-Animator (1985) and The Thing (1982 remake). By no means all such films are bad, though all may be ethically suspect in their apparent appeal to sadistic voyeurism. [PN] see also: FJA's Monsterland; Media Magazines. / ...

Prestige, The

Film (2006). Warner Brothers Pictures and Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) present a Newmarket Films/Syncopy production. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, based on The Prestige (1995) by Christopher Priest. Cast includes Christian Bale, David Bowie, Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson and Piper Perabo. 130 minutes. Colour. / Rival Victorian stage magicians Angier (Jackman) and Borden (Bale), each ...

Jones, Arthur Gordon

(1870-?   ) US author of Amazing Adventures of an Inventor: Being a Partial Account of the Life of Alfred Ingleson, Esq., the American Nonpareil (1908), an Edisonade told in episodic fashion. [JC]

Celsius, Anders

(1701-1744) Swedish astronomer, professor of astronomy at the University of Uppsala 1730-1744, best known for his invention of the now universally employed Celsius (initially Centigrade) scale of temperature. Of Proto SF interest is his short speculation "Astronomia", written in a personal scientific diary or notebook circa 1735 and apparently first published in Gyllene Äpplen – Svensk idéhistorisk läsebok ["Golden Apples – Swedish History of Ideas Reader"] (anth ...

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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