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Jetée, La

Film (1962; vt The Jetty; vt The Pier). Argos/Arcturus Films. Produced, written and directed by Chris Marker. Cast includes Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux and with voice-over narration by Jean Negroni. 29 minutes. Black and white. / La Jetée was made in 1962 and was soon widely seen on the festival circuit, winning awards before its notional April 1964 release date. This celebrated French ciné-roman, Chris Marker's masterpiece, twenty-nine ...

Burns, Charles

(1955-    ) US Comic-strip artist and author, born in Washington, District of Columbia, and now based in Philadelphia. The drawing of his Fabulations and Mutant characters displays a strange, heavily stylized vision. His work has been widely published in Italy (notably in Vanity), Spain (El Vibora) and France (Métal Hurlant) as well as in his native USA (Heavy Metal, Village Voice, National Lampoon, Face and Death Rattle). His famous El Borbah strips, collected as ...

Shaw, Ali

(1982-    ) UK author who remains best known for his first novel, The Girl with Glass Feet (2009), a fantasy in which elements of folklore surface through the tale of the metamorphosis of a young woman into glass; The Man Who Rained (2012) is also fantasy. Of some sf interest is The Trees (2016), set in a UK suddenly afflicted by a supernatural-seeming Disaster, a sudden countrywide irruption of full-grown trees, creating a chthonic forest. The tale focuses on several ...

Groves, Jay

(1922-2010) US teacher of history and economics, and author whose short sf novel – featuring the landing of a flying saucer (see UFOs) – is Fireball at the Lake: A Story of Encounter with Another World (1967). [JC]

Campion, Sarah

Pseudonym of UK-born author Mary Rose Coulton (1906-2002), author of Father: A Portrait of G G Coulton (1948) as by Sarah Campion, an impressive biography of her father, the important medieval scholar who also wrote Friar's Lantern (1906), a Timeslip fantasy. After being expelled from Germany in 1937, where she had been teaching Jewish children, she spent most of her remaining life in Australia and New Zealand; her late novels, set in Australia, are not fantastic. Earlier, as Campion, she wrote ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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