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Hellerstein, Harry

(1939-    ) US author of Wired: A Fantastic Adventure Story of the Computer Age (1982), in which two Computer geeks with almost supernatural affinity to the new world vie with one another. [JC]

Lovesey, Andrew

(1941-    ) UK biochemist and author, brother of Peter Lovesey (see Peter Lear), whose The Half-Angels (1975) is Equipoisal between sf and fantasy in its protagonist's discovery that the illustrations in a Book encode a passage or gateway into another Dimension, where the action focuses. [JC]

Cherryh, C J

Working name of US author Carolyn Janice Cherry (1942-    ), who taught for some years (1965-1976) before becoming a full-time writer; she is the sister of David A Cherry. Since 1976 – when she won the John W Campbell Award for most promising writer – she has produced more novels than stories, publishing several before her first story, the Hugo-winning "Cassandra" (October 1978 F&SF). Eventually she accumulated enough short fiction to publish The Collected ...


Film (1987). Amercent/American Entertainment/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by John McTiernan. Written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas. Cast includes Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Kevin Peter Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers. 106 minutes. Colour. / A special-forces group undertaking a commando-style rescue mission in South America clashes bloodily with guerrillas and then very much more bloodily with the Predator: an intelligent Alien (Hall) that can bend light to make itself almost ...

Birmingham, John

(1964-    ) UK-born playwright, journalist and author, in Australia from 1970, where he became active from around 1980, and where he is best-known for the non-fantastic roman à clef, He Died With a Felafel in His Hand (1994); he began to write sf with his Alternate History version of World War Two, the Axis of Time sequence comprising Weapons of Choice (2004), Designated Targets: World War 2.2 (2005; vt Designated Targets: A Novel of the Axis of Time 2005) and Final ...

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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