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Film (1989). Wild Street Pictures. Directed by Brian Yuzna. Written by Woody Keith, Rick Fry. Cast includes Devin DeVasquez, Ben Meyerson and Bill Warlock. 99 minutes. Colour. / "Society" (as in the upper classes) is an Alien race, parasitic on humanity (as in the poor), that has been around as long as humans have, but we learn this only at the end. In the tradition of 1980s schlock/surrealist horror cinema (e.g., Re-Animator [1985]), there is gross bad taste, but the film is unusual in the ...

Garnett, Richard

(1835-1906) UK librarian and author, Chief Keeper at the British Museum, father of Edward Garnett, grandfather of David Garnett. His The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales (coll 1888; exp 1903) is a well-known collection of fables and other fantasies, some of which touch on sf themes. [JC]

Stephenson, Andrew M

(1946-    ) Venezuelan-born (of UK parents) author, electronics design engineer and, signing himself Ames, a magazine and book illustrator; in the UK from childhood. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Holding Action" for Analog in November 1971, but then released only one more story before his first novel. In Nightwatch (1977), fortifications are constructed in space against an assumed alien Invasion which proves to be a friendly First Contact. The Wall of ...

Best of Omni Science Fiction

US anthology series that was an offshoot of Omni magazine but which also published original material. The first volume, edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus, published in March 1980, was all reprint, but was so successful, selling over 300,000 copies in three months, that consideration was given to issuing an all-sf Magazine. In the end a compromise was reached, with each volume a mixture of reprints and new material, some reprints taken from sources other than Omni. Bova and Myrus edited the first ...

Michelmore, Reg

(?   -?   ). US author of whom nothing is known beyond An Adventure in Venus (1929 chap) illustrated by Frank R Paul, a clumsy Space Opera tale published by Hugo Gernsback in his Science Fiction Series. [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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