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Barthelme, Donald

(1931-1989) US author known primarily as a surrealist and black humorist. His novels are all Fabulations: Snow White (1967), an absurdist dissection of the fairy tale; The Dead Father (1975), in which the giant figure of a moribund Father is escorted with trauma and ritual to its final resting place; and The King (1990), which transports King Arthur and his knights to World War Two. Barthelme's early collections especially – like Come Back, Dr Caligari (coll 1964), Unspeakable Practices, ...

Dane, Clemence

Pseudonym of UK playwright and author Winifred Ashton (1888-1965), best remembered for her many stage plays and for Broome Stages (1931), a tale of the Theatre. Plays of fantasy interest include Adam's Opera: The Text of a Play ... Set to Music by Richard Addinsell (performed 1928; 1928), an expressionistically Equipoisal musical in which the Sleeping Beauty is awoken by a querulously idealistic Adam (see Adam and Eve) into the raucous Media Landscape of contemporary times; and The Saviours ...

Westlake, Donald E

(1933-2008) US author, mostly of detective novels and thrillers, often humorous, under his own name and under several pseudonyms, notably Richard Stark; he won three Edgar awards, including a Grandmaster award in 1993. He began publishing sf – always of secondary interest in his career, though never carelessly done – with "Or Give Me Death" in Universe Science Fiction for November 1954, and assembled much of his short work in The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution and Other ...

Resident Evil [film]

Film (2002; vt Biohazard: Genesis). Constantin Film/Davis Films present a Constantin Film/New Legacy Film production in association with Davis Films and Impact Pictures. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Anderson, based on the Videogame Biohazard (Japan), also known as Resident Evil (USA). Cast includes Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy and Michelle Rodriguez. 100 minutes. Colour. / In the near future, the Umbrella Corporation is the largest business in the world. Its ...

Reynolds, Alfred

(?   -    ) US author of Kiteman of Karanga (1985; vt Kiteman 1986), a Young Adult Planetary Romance set on Eftah, whose people are saved from the tyrannous lizard-riders known as the Hrithdon by the kite-rider Hero, young Karl, who is back from exile. [JC]

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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