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Coffindaffer, Rebecca

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Crownchasers Space Opera sequence, beginning with Crownchasers (2020), follows the tribulations of an heir to the throne of a Galactic Empire after she discovers that she – and other aspirants – must chase a "royal seal" down the star lanes; the one who finds this ...


Film (1978). MGM. Directed by Michael Crichton. Written by Crichton, based on Coma (1977) by Robin Cook. Cast includes Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Rip Torn and Richard Widmark. 113 minutes. Colour. / Crichton's most commercially successful film, Coma is a present-day thriller with one sf element: the use of hospital patients, deliberately put into irreversible coma by using poisoned ...

Giraud, Jean

(1938-2012) French artist, best known by his pseudonym Moebius, who also drew as Gir and for a period lived in the United States. Staggeringly prolific and remarkably inventive, Giraud was long considered one of Europe's major talents, and his loose, eloquent line style influenced an entire generation of fantasy and sf artists. Born near Paris, he displayed from childhood a love of illustration; his early influences were classic American Comic strips and the ...

Wolf, Chris L

(?1951-    ) UK author of a Genre SF novel, Fire in the Sky (dated 1978 but 1979) with Michael F Maikowski, for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Hogan, Robert J

(1897-1963) US author, mostly of adventure tales for American Pulp magazines, who is of sf interest mainly for the G-8 and his Battle Aces sequence, all 115 novel-length instalments seemingly written by him. They comprised the essential contents of the 115 issues of G-8 and His Battle Aces (1933-1944); many individual issues have been reproduced in facsimile form in the twenty-first century and sold as books (they are ...

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 ...

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