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Clarke, Susanna

(1959-    ) UK author, partner of Colin Greenland from 1996; she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" in Starlight 1 (anth 1996) edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, which was assembled with other tales in the thematic Raven King sequence as The Ladies of Grace Adieu (coll 2006), most of these stories serving as pendants to her first novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004), for which she remains best known. This complex Alternate ...

McCutchan, Philip

(1920-1996) UK author, a Sandhurst attendee (though not graduate, as war service took him in 1939), responsible for work in various genres, including a number of historical adventures as by Duncan MacNeil. Of his numerous thrillers, most of which occupy territories subjacent to the James Bond books, several are sf, the majority of these in the twenty-two volumes of his Commander Shaw series, beginning with Gibraltar Road (1960) and ending with Burnout (1995). Of these, Skyprobe (1966), The ...

Häpna!

Swedish SF Magazine with 119 issues published from March 1954 to Spring 1966. Digest-sized, 96pp (occasionally 112pp) plus cover, supposedly edited throughout by Kjell Ekström (but see below) and published monthly, though from the beginning the July and August issues were combined into one; in 1957 and 1961 also the May and June issues; in 1960 the June/July and August/September issues; in 1964, June/July, August/September and November/December were combined with only nine issues ...

Monster and the Girl, The

Film (1941). Paramount Pictures. Produced by Jack Moss. Directed by Stuart Heisler. Written by Anthony Stuart from his story. Cast includes Rod Cameron, Ellen Drew, Charles Gemora, Paul Lukas, Robert Paige, Onslow Stevens, Phillip Terry and George Zucco. 65 minutes. Black and white. / Susan Webster (Drew) leaves her small town to come to New York, where meets and marries Larry Reid (Paige). Unfortunately, as she discovers the following morning, Reid is a member of a gang of mobsters led by ...

Headley, Maria Dahvana

(1977-    ) US author who first came to notice for a memoir, The Year of Yes (2006). Most of her fiction has been fantasy, though infused with a generic adventurousness typical of twenty-first century Fantastika in general, beginning with Queen of Kings (2011), which initiates a proposed series featuring Cleopatra. In this tale her historical/fantasized Cleopatra (69-20 BCE) does not die from the asp that traditionally bit her, as she has sold her soul to remain alive; ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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