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Lees, Robert James

(1849-1931) UK psychic, most famous for being the subject of a Jack the Ripper hoax, when a newspaper declared that he had pointed out a physician as the murderer. Of some sf interest is The Car of Phoebus (1903), which incorporates a Lost Race into a story involving Reincarnation; his remaining works lie outside the range of sf. [JC]

Cyborg 2087

Made-for-tv film (1966). Feature Film Corp. Directed by Franklin Adreon. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Wendell Corey, Eduard Franz, Michael Rennie, Karen Steele and Warren Stevens. 86 minutes. Colour. / This film, which though made for television achieved theatrical release, has a renegade Cyborg (Rennie) from 2087 CE going back to 1966 to prevent a scientist (Franz) from creating a device that will later be used by a totalitarian government for a mind-control programme to which ...

Klause, Annette Curtis

(1953-    ) UK-born librarian and author, in USA from 1968, who has published several Young Adult novels of interest, beginning with her first, The Silver Kiss (1990), whose young female protagonist befriends a Vampire, helps him track down his murderous brother, and helps him end his own life, which has been tormented. Of more specific sf interest is Alien Secrets (1993), whose young protagonist, en route to reunite with her parents on the planet Shoon, meets a young Shoon ...

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

(1797-1851) UK author, daughter of the philosopher and novelist William Godwin (1756-1836) [for entry on Godwin, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and of the feminist and educationist Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) (see Feminism), who died eleven days after giving birth to her. Shelley married Percy Bysshe Shelley on 30 December 1816, two years after they had eloped to the Continent, and after his first wife had committed suicide. During 1816 the couple – by this point ...

Hamill, Pete

(1935-2020) US journalist, editor and author, active since the mid-1950s; well into his career, he published a tale of genre interest with "From the Lake" (March 1985 Asimov's). Most of his work, nonfiction or fiction, focused on his native New York, including two works of interest as Fantastika: in Snow in August (1997), a boy from Brooklyn and a Czech rabbi join forces to fight anti-Semitic thugs with the aid of a Golem; and Forever (2003) constructs a sustained though occasionally ...

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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