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Tarkovsky, Andrei

(1932-1987) Russian film-maker. A graduate of the Soviet State Film School, Tarkovsky attained prominence in Russia with his first film, Ivanovo Detstvo (1962; vt Ivan's Childhood; vt My Name Is Ivan), the story of an orphan cut off behind enemy lines during World War Two. With his next feature, Andrei Roublev (1966; release delayed until 1971), Tarkovsky fell foul of the Soviet censors with his dark vision of the life of the fifteenth-century icon painter. His sf reputation rests on two long ...

Superboy

US tv series (1988-1991). An Alexander and Ilya Salkind Production, for syndication. Executive producer Ilya Salkind, producer Robert Simmonds. Directors included Reza S Badiyi, Colin Chilvers, Peter Kiwitt, David Grossman, David Nutter, Richard J Lewis. Writers included Fred Freiberger, Cary Bates, Mark Jones, Toby Martin, Michael Carlin and Andrew Helfer, David Gerrold. Three seasons, 78 25-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The Salkinds, who made three of the Superman movies, here ...

Stone, Leslie F

Pseudonym of US author born Leslie Frances Rubenstein (1905-1991), who for her sf work adapted her writer mother's own pseudonym, Lillian Spellman Stone; in her non-writing life, she took the surname of the journalist William Silberberg, whom she had married in 1927. She began publishing light nonfantastic fiction as early as 1920; her first sf tale, "Men with Wings" for Air Wonder Stories in 1929, describes from an anti-Eugenics point of view an attempt to create superior winged males through ...

Wright, Helen S

(1958-    ) UK author whose A Matter of Oaths (1988) engagingly presents a familiar sf character – the Amnesiac protagonist who experiences flashback hints of a destiny larger than any of those around him dare contemplate – within a cogently described post-Cyberpunk frame dominated by The Guild of Webbers, Starship pilots who link two corrupt Galactic Empires, each ruled by an immortal emperor (see Immortality). The protagonist is Black; the covers for both ...

Swift, Morrison I

(1856-1946) US political thinker, agitator and author whose early anarchism, which brought him fame, decayed in his old age into antisemitic fascism; his novels come from his earlier years. He published three novels of some interest: A League of Justice; Or, Is It Right to Rob the Robbers? (1893) is set in a Near Future America bedevilled by inequality, but transformed into a just society by the eponymous league, which robs the rich and gives to the poor; The Monarch Billionaire (1903), is a ...

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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