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Evans, I O

(1894-1977) South-African-born editor and author, in UK from an early age, and a UK civil servant from 1912; he was in active service throughout World War One. His first book of sf relevance was the nonfiction The World of Tomorrow – A Junior Book of Forecasts (1933), focusing on possible future Inventions, partly illustrated with reproductions of artwork from sf magazines, and thus – almost accidentally – the first Anthology of sf Illustration; Anthology of Armageddon (anth ...

Eight Legged Freaks

Film (2002). Warner Brothers Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures and NPV Entertainment an Electric Entertainment Production. Directed by Ellory Elkayem. Produced by Dean Devlin and Bruce Berman. Written by Jesse Alexander, Ellory Elkayem from a story by Elkayem and Randy Kornfield. Cast includes David Arquette, Doug E Doug, Scarlett Johansson, Scott Terra and Kari Wuhrer. 99 minutes. Colour. / This likeable Monster Movie was the professional movie debut of a ...

Samuel, Horace B

(1883-1950) UK lawyer and author whose Modernities (coll 1913) contains vivid studies of contemporary literary figures; in his sf novel, The Quisto-Box (1925), the consequences of the Invention of a mind-reading Machine are lightly explored: unchecked powers of Telepathy breaks up families, make government impossible, and so forth. [JC]

Queen, Ellery

Pseudonym used by US cousins Frederick Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B Lee (1905-1971) for a lengthy sequence of crime-fiction novels and short stories featuring amateur detective Ellery Queen, beginning with The Roman Hat Mystery (1929). For many years these were characterized by rigorously logical deductions and a "Challenge to the Reader" to solve the puzzle before the final explanation. Media spinoffs included the syndicated radio show The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1939-1948), its ...

Cyborg [game]

Videogame (1981). Sentient Software. Designed by Michael Berlyn. Platforms: AppleII (1981); Atari8, C64 (1982). / While Cyborg was not the first science-fictional text Adventure, it may be the first such work of any lasting interest. As in Algis Budrys' rather more sophisticated novel Who? (April 1955 Fantastic Universe; exp 1958), the central character is a prosthetically augmented human of uncertain Identity, in this case an astronaut who is suffering from Amnesia and is thus ignorant of ...

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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