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Fabi, Mark

(1955-    ) US author of Wyrm (1998), a Near Future tale in which, as the Millennium approaches, apprehension grows about a worldwide Computer virus (or worm/wyrm) which may gird the planet dragon-like once unleashed; the protagonist scours Virtual Reality worlds, playing Games there, in search of the potential AI. Red Mercury (2003), is a Technothriller whose contents run just shy of the fantastic. [JC]


Australian Small Press Print Magazine which paid professional rates but had a print run of only 1,000 copies, classifying it as a Semiprozine or "little" magazine. It was published twice yearly, in February and August, by Altair Press, Blackwood, South Australia run by Robert N Stephenson and saw six issues from February 1998 to August 2000, the last a double issue, #6/#7. It was in A5 format, perfect bound, with usually 144 or 156 pages. / Besides being the name of a star, the title was a ...

Barr, Ken

(1933-2016) Working name of American artist Kenneth Barr, born in Scotland, who used the name Kenneth Barr for his early work in Britain. After military service he relocated to London to launch a career as a commercial artist and briefly worked for the British magazine Nebula Science Fiction, contributing three undistinguished covers and numerous interior illustrations; he also drew for a British Comic book, D C Thomson's Commando: War Stories in Pictures. After arriving in America in 1967, he ...

Future, Steve

Almost certainly a pseudonym, possibly of UK fan and author Steve Gilroy (?   -    ), who was responsible for two sf novels: Doomed Nation of the Skies! (1953 chap), in which an intrepid reporter is taken against his will to Mars, where he must oppose a dictator; and Slave Traders of the Sky (1954 chap), which is set on an inhabited Venus where internecine warfare causes problems. [JC] see also: Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Library. /

Aliens [film]

Film (1986). Brandywine/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, directed by James Cameron. Written by Cameron, based on a story by Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, Paul Reiser and Sigourney Weaver. 137 minutes. Colour. / This formidable sequel to Alien is more an action than a Horror movie, reminiscent of all those war films and Westerns about beleaguered groups fighting to the end. ...

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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