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Collins, Colin

Pseudonym of UK author Oliver Merland (?   -?   ), author of a number of anonymous contributions to the Sexton Blake Library after World War One, and of work from the first decade of the twentieth century under other names, including Singleton Pound, some others almost certainly unidentified. As Colin Collins, he published three identified sf novels in book form: The Human Mole (1909), an adventure tale chock-full of Inventions, mainly the eponymous subterranean ...

Frankenweenie

1. Short film (1984). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Lenny Ripps, from Burton's outline. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver and Daniel Stern. 30 minutes. Black and white. / Victor Frankenstein (Oliver), a ten-year-old amateur filmmaker in a picket-fence neighbourhood, brings his dead dog back to life with the power of electricity; the neighbours are initially repelled, but come round after Sparky, pursued with ...

Hill, Carol

(1942-    ) US author whose first novel, Jeremiah 8:20 (1970), is a raucous Fabulation about the Apocalypse, whose protagonist becomes (or does not become) Master of the Universe. Her second, Let's Fall in Love (1975), ornately spoofs sex, pornography and politics in a vaguely fantastic 1970s milieu. The Eleven Million Mile High Dancer (1985; vt Amanda and the Eleven Million Mile High Dancer 1988), equally flamboyant in diction, carries its female astronaut protagonist and ...

Jupiter Ascending

Film (2015). Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Dune Entertainment. Directed and written by Andy (now Lilly) Wachowski and Lana Wachowski. Cast includes Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Mila Kunis, Tuppence Middleton, Eddie Redmayne, Channing Tatum. 127 minutes. Colour. / As well as an abundance of pleasurable visuals, and a sense that some of the shout-outs to both written and filmed sf are meant to draw a smile, there are moments in Jupiter Ascending when its makers seem to be aware of the ...

Berthoud, S Henry

(1804-1891) French editor, amateur academic and author, active from the early 1820s, who gave his first name as Henry for literary work; his first significant book, Contes misanthropiques ["Misanthropic Tales"] (coll 1831), assembles very early examples of the conte cruel, along with various supernatural fictions, sometimes evocative of the work of E T A Hoffmann. Along with examples of this material, stories of some sf interest are assembled as Martyrs of Science; And Other Victims of Devilry ...

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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