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Starling, Caitlin

(?   -     ) US interactive game designer and author who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Luminous Dead (2019), is set mostly Underground on a planet exploited primarily for its mineral deposits (see Colonization of Other Worlds); the protagonist, contracted to explore yet unknown cave systems for further resources, finds herself caught between the chthonic "Monsters" she discovers, and the ruthless corporation that employs her. Her subsequent ...

World Without End

Film (1956). Allied Artists. Written and directed by Edward Bernds. Cast includes Nancy Gates, Nelson Leigh, Hugh Marlowe, Lisa Montell and Rod Taylor. 80 minutes. Colour. / After orbiting Mars, a Spaceship goes through a timewarp (see Timeslip). The four astronauts land on a Post-Holocaust Earth in 2508 CE and find the surface inhabited by grotesque Mutants and giant spiders, while the remaining humans live Underground – the men impotent, the women sexy, the race dying out. The ...

Chikyū Bōeigun

Film (1957; vt The Mysterians; vt Earth Defense Force). Toho/MGM. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Jojiro Okami. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirakawa. 89 minutes. Colour. / This Japanese sf Pulp epic is about Alien invaders, their own planet destroyed by nuclear Holocaust, who land in Japan seeking women for breeding purposes. Its memorable images, best observed at midnight in a drive-in cinema, include a giant birdlike ...

Bellamy, Francis Rufus

(1886-1972) US editor and author, mostly of popular American history; he was related to the Francis Rufus Bellamy who wrote "The Pledge of Allegiance" (September 1892 Youth's Companion). In his sf novel Atta: A Novel of a Most Extraordinary Adventure (1953) a man is struck by lightning and, after shrinking (see Miniaturization) until just half an inch (12 mm) tall, combines forces with a warrior ant by the name of Atta. [JC] see also: Near Future. /

Benni, Stefano

(1947-    ) Italian journalist and author who published several nonfiction books before releasing his first novel, Terra! (1983; trans Annapaoloa Cancogni 1985), set in a Post-Holocaust world racked by Nuclear Winter; the action moves from the Underground city of Paris to a race through space to occupy a new and Edenic planet. Governing the farcical tone is a genuinely Satirical assault on human mores. Benni has been likened to Robert Sheckley. [JC]

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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