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Terrell, Heather

(1969-    ) US lawyer and author, initially of historical romances, then of Young Adult paranormal romances, and more recently of the Books of Eva sequence beginning with Relic (2013), set initially in an Arctic Near Future Dystopian City after a great Disaster has transformed the world into a Ruined Earth; the young protagonist, haunted by her twin brother's death but preoccupied by two vying youthful suitors, must undergo the Test, which involves a foray into the ...

Clock, Herbert

(1890-1979) US author, apparently the senior collaborator with Eric Boetzel on The Light in the Sky (1929), an sf tale set in an Underground Lost World extending from Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico, where Aztecs retreated after the genocidal onslaught of the Spanish and have constructed, over the centuries, a culture dominated by the possession of Immortality, high science, Telepathy, and – apparently – human sacrifice. The protagonist, lured from combat in World War One by a ...

SF Megatext

Science fiction is written in a kind of code, a difficult vernacular learned through an apprenticeship. Its decoding depends importantly on access to a megatext – the huge body of established moves or reading protocols that the reader learns through immersion in many hundreds of sf short stories and novels (and, with significantly less sophistication, from movies, television episodes, and games). The sf megatext comprises a virtual encyclopedia and specialized dictionary. For a story to ...

Flesh Eaters, The

Film (1964). Vulcan Productions Inc/Cinema Distributors of America. Produced and directed by Jack Curtis. Written by Arnold Drake. Cast includes Martin Kosleck, Rita Morley, Byron Sanders, Ray Tudor and Barbara Wilkins. 87 minutes. Black and white. / A young woman on a small boat near an apparently deserted Island encounters rough weather; her bikini top is blown off and she stumbles overboard, to be consumed in a mass of frothing water by unseen creatures. Alcoholic, ageing actress Laura ...

Colwall, James

(?   -?   ) UK author, who remains unidentified; it has been suggested that the setting of his Lost Race novel, The Coombsberrow Mystery (1890), on the Welsh border may hint that his surname, which is that of a town in that region, is pseudonymous. The novel unveils an Underground world inhabited by the devolved descendants of Romans (see Devolution). [JC]

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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