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Big Meat Eater

Film (1982). BCD Entertainment. Director Chris Windsor. Written by Windsor, Laurence Keane. Cast includes George Dawson, Andrew Gillies, Big Miller and Howard Taylor. 82 minutes. Colour. / This Canadian musical pastiche of sf and horror films – a sort of designer midnight movie about an Invasion by two Aliens of a small town in the 1950s – waves its low budget like a flag and, despite incoherences, is cheerfully enjoyable. The aliens are played by toy robots. The plot, which ...

Gretta, J Clemens

Working name of US illustrator Joseph Clemens Gretter (1904-1988); he began signing his work simply as "Gretta" in the early 1930s. He illustrated many volumes for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, mostly for nonfantastic series like The Hardy Boys and the X Bar X Boys, though occasionally he did sf covers, like that for Castaways of the Stratosphere; Or, Hunting the Vanished Balloonists (1935) as by Franklin W Dixon in the Ted Scott Flying Stories sequence. His covers for tales by Eustace L Adams may ...

Stewart, George R

(1895-1980) US author who obtained his MA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1920 and his PhD from Columbia University in 1922, afterwards becoming a professor of English at the University of California and concentrating his attention – through novels, literary studies, popular history, etc. – on the Pacific Edge of America (see California). His first book of any importance, Bret Harte: Argonaut and Exile (1930), was an extended biographical study of Bret Harte, ...

VanderMeer, Jeff

(1968-    ) US editor and author, married to Ann VanderMeer, who began to publish work of genre interest, after at least one story published in college, with "So the Dead Walk Slowly" in Fear for November 1989, and who is probably best known for the Ambergris sequence of novels and tales, which begins with two novellas, Dradin, in Love: A Tale of Elsewhen & Otherwhere (1996 chap) and The Hoegbotton Guide to the Early History of Ambergris by Duncan Shriek (1999 chap) ...

Madariaga, Salvador de

(1886-1978) Spanish diplomat and man of letters who spent much of his life after 1916 in the UK and Switzerland, in particular between 1936 and 1975, during the rule of General Franco (1892-1975). In his sf novel, The Sacred Giraffe: Being the Second Volume of the Posthumous Works of Julio Arceval (1925), which is set in 6922 CE, the Blacks – who have survived much history, including the submergence of Europe – argue over the possibility that Whites ever actually existed (see Race ...

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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