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Blyton, Enid

(1897-1968) UK author, exclusively for children, and mostly for younger readers; it is estimated that from the beginning of her career in 1922 she may have published as many as 700 separate titles, most of them very short, like the Faraway Tree tales, in which various worlds are accessed entirely by Magic. This vast oeuvre is so overloaded with racist, sexist and class prejudices that most of her titles are more or less unreprintable in their original state. Nor can there be any pretending that ...


US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Norman H Kietzer. No editor named. One undated issue only, 1980. / This was an attempt by Kietzer of Serial World to enter the field of Monster Movie magazines with a product featuring articles on and photographs from Godzilla (1954), a filmbook of The Wolfman (1941) and coverage of similar productions. Clearly emulating Famous Monsters of Filmland, Kietzer had unfortunately delayed until the demand for such ...

Koepp, David

(1963-    ) US screenwriter, director and author, who remains almost certainly best known for his long and successful career in the first of these fields. Of his thirty or more screenplays since 1988, several (sometimes in collaboration) have been sf, including Jurassic Park (1993) directed by Steven Spielberg [for sequels see that entry], Mission: Impossible (1996) directed by Brian De Palma, Spider-Man (2002) directed by Sam Raimi, War of the Worlds (2005) directed by ...

Aldani, Lino

(1926-2009) Italian editor and author, one of the best-known writers in the Italian sf field, and one of the more translated in other languages. His literary self-education took place in the years following World War Two, with Jean-Paul Sartre becoming one of his principal models as a writer; his first writings appeared in Oltre il Cielo ["Beyond the Sky"], a magazine founded in 1957 and based in Rome, publishing sf stories as by N L Janda, alongside articles on rocketry and space technology. ...

King Kong

1. Film (1933). RKO. Directed by Merian C Cooper, Ernest B Schoedsack. Written by James A Creelman, Ruth Rose, from a story by Cooper, with credit also given to Edgar Wallace. Special effects designed and supervised by Willis H O'Brien. Cast includes Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot and Fay Wray. 100 minutes. Black and white. / The classic Monster Movie. On a remote Island inhabited by unfriendly natives, prehistoric Dinosaurs (including a Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex) and ...

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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