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Hiller, Neil W

(1947-1989) US author of some works of sf interest, all in collaboration with his wife, B B Hiller, who see for details. [JC]


German 1970s electro-disco group. Their album Star Peace (1978) contains eight science-fictional songs that attempt, in unauthorized and unembarrassed fashion (most obviously in the opening track "Can You Feel the Force?"), to cash in on the success of Star Wars (1977), from whose popularization of the term Droid the band's name was derived. [AR]

Foley, Tim

(?   -    ) UK playwright whose second produced play, Astronauts of Hartlepool (performed 2017), is a gonzo Satire on Brexit Britain set in Hartlepool, which is visited by disbelieving astronauts from the Multiverse. In Electric Rosary (2020; performed 2022), a "Robot" – properly an Android – brought into a nunnery to do grunt work gradually acquires an uncanny-valley spirituality, emulating humans: but if an AI can "become" its makers, then its ...


Film (1997). Dimension Films. Directed by Guillermo Del Toro. Written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, based on "Mimic" (December 1942 Astonishing Stories) by Donald A Wollheim writing as by Martin Pearson. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, Josh Brolin, Charles Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeremy Northam and Mira Sorvino. Theatrical cut 105 minutes; Director's Cut 112 minutes. Colour. / An entomologist (Sorvino) combats disease-carrying cockroaches by releasing a Genetically Engineered ...

Baker, Will

Working name of US teacher, environmentalist and author William Edwin Baker (1935-2005), who began his publishing career with Syntax in English Poetry (1967) as William E Baker, his career as a writer of fiction with Chip (1979), one of several novels deeply involved in the world of the American West, and his short career as an sf writer with Shadow Hunter (1993), a post-Disaster tale in which, after a kind of last war has alarmed the powers-that-be, a hybrid species – the Pobla, who are ...

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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