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Andreae, Johann Valentin

(1586-1654) German theologian and author, whose name has also appeared as Andreä, and who was long credited with the authorship of all three early seventeenth-century texts describing the purported ancient group or Pariah Elite known as the Rosicrucians; he is now credited only with the third of them, the conspicuously fictional Chymische Hochzeit Christians Rosenkreutz ["The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz"] (1616; trans E Foxcroft as The Hermetick Romance, or the Chymical ...

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Film (2004). A Davis Films/Impact (Canada) Inc and Constantin Film (UK) Limited Production. Directed by Alexander Witt. Written by Paul W S Anderson, based on the Videogame Biohazard (Japan), also known as Resident Evil (USA). Cast includes Oded Fehr, Sienna Guillory, Milla Jovovich and Thomas Kretschmann. 94 minutes. Colour. / Sequel to Resident Evil (2002). Taking elements from the second and third Videogames, Resident Evil: Apocalypse is effectively more of the same as its predecessor, ...

Leininger, Robert

(1946-    ) US author in whose Black Sun (1991) the Disaster of a sudden dimming of the Sun causes a new Ice Age. [JC]

McCarry, Charles

(1930-2019) US government agent and author, best known for the Paul Christopher series of intermittently Near Future political thrillers beginning with The Miernik Dossier (1973). McCarry's grave acuity, and his extensive knowledge of the workings of intelligence agencies like the CIA (his employer for a decade or more), have given rise to comparisons with the work of John Le Carré (1931-2020), though he did not share the saeva indignatio that marked the latter's old age. Though most of ...

Jones, Raymond F

(1915-1994) US author, very active for about fifteen years after he first appeared in Astounding in September 1941 with "Test of the Gods". He was virtually silent in the 1960s; some more routine novels appeared in the 1970s. His best-known short story is the witty "Noise Level" (December 1952 Astounding), an archetypal Astounding tale of Conceptual Breakthrough, scientific advance taking place through destruction of a previous paradigm: Scientists are told that Antigravity exists, and so ...

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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