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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 ...

Catherall, Arthur

(1906-1980) UK author for Young Adult audiences, active from the 1930s under a variety of names, none of which were used for sf or fantasy; he is best known for his S S Bulldog sequence about a tugboat captain and crew menaced by a Villain with almost (but not quite) supernatural abilities. Catherall's only identified sf novel is The Flying Submarine (?1943), an adventure tale whose villain steals two Inventions, an armed flying submarine (see Weapons) and a Weather Control device, with which ...

Smyth, Clifford

(1866-1943) US editor of the New York Times Book Review 1913-1922, and author of The Gilded Man: A Romance of the Andes (1918), a Lost Race tale featuring the discovery of a living Incan civilization deep Underground beneath the South American Andes, boasting the high Technology necessary to maintain life in this redoubt, the Power Source for this being a miniature burning sun composed entirely of radium (see Elements). The land is ruled by a She figure who had fallen in love with the ...

Everett, Percival

(1956-    ) US academic and author, active from the early 1960s, whose twenty-two novels variously and imaginatively press against mimetic readings; though most are nonfantastic, there is a sense that many of them pan the water margins of Fantastika. There are several novels of sf interest. In Zulus (1990), a Near Future tale set after the end of a nuclear World War Three, the one fertile woman who has survived becomes pregnant. The infant protagonist of Glyph (1999) cannot ...

Funnell, Augustine

(1952-    ) Canadian author whose two sf novels, Brandyjack (1976) and its sequel, Rebels of Merka (1976) – the only titles published by Laser Books actually to have been written by a Canadian – were, as required by that firm, unremarkable Space Operas. In the 1980s Funnell began to publish short fiction in US magazines, remaining active into the early 1990s. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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