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Schulman, Helen

(1961-    ) US screenwriter and author, most of whose work has consisted of nonfantastic scrutinies of the complex patterns of contemporary life among the relatively affluent. She is of sf interest for her sixth novel, Come With Me (2018), in which members of a Silicon Valley family (see California) attempt to extract themselves from the perplexities of their affluent but emotionally desiccant lives by making use of a Virtual Reality programme capable of engendering feels ...

Clark, Margaret Goff

(1913-2004) US author for children, whose Barney sequence – Barney and the UFO (1979; vt The Boy from the UFO 1981), Barney in Space (1981; vt The Boy from the UFO Returns 1981) and Barney on Mars (1983) – is an sf adventure of some interest, though neither UFOs or Mars are treated with any great originality. [JC]

Peterson, Margaret

(1883-1933) UK author three of whose novels have some sf interest: Deadly Nightshade (1924), a Lost Race tale in which a civilization of ancient Egyptians is discovered in Africa, guarded by a race of ape-people (see Apes as Human) and ruled by a She figure; Moonflowers (1926), which features, unusually, a female Vampire; and The Yellow People; Or, Queen of Sheba's Tomb: A Story of Adventure in Central Africa (1928), another lost race tale set in Africa, one of whose protagonists is an ...

Robot Jox

Film (1990). Empire. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Joe Haldeman and Dennis Paoli. Cast includes Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, Paul Koslo, Hilary Mason and Robert Sampson. 82 minutes. Colour. / In a decimated Near Future world, conflicts are now resolved by "jox", popular idols who pilot the Robot colossi (see Mecha) with which wars are settled in single combat (see Games and Sports). The hero Achilles (Graham) is traumatized when he accidentally crushes a spectator stand and ...

Superman: The Animated Series

Animated tv series (1996-2000). Warner Brothers Animation for The WB Network. Produced by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Bruce W Timm, and Glen Murakami. Based on characters created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Directors included Curt Geda, Dan Riba, Toshibika Masuda, and many others. Writers included Dini, Hilary J Bader, Burnett, Mark Evanier, Timm, and others. Cast includes Tim Daly, Dana Delany, George Dzundza and David Kaufman. 52 21-minute episodes. Colour. / The last son of the ...

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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