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Schochet, Victoria

(1947-    ) US editor, publisher and author, married to Eric Van Lustbader since 1982; subsequently a freelance editor and nonfantastic novelist as Victoria Lustbader. She has worked editorially at Analog (as managing editor), Harper, Putnam, and as senior sf/fantasy editor at the Berkley Publishing Group, where she co-edited all five volumes of the significant Original Anthology The Berkley Showcase (#1 and #2 1980; #3 and #4 1981; #5 1982), the first four with John ...

LaPointe, Michael

(1987-    ) Canadian journalist and author in whose first novel The Creep (2021) a contemporary protagonist is led to investigate (and reinhabit her memories of) a dangerous medical experiment a decade before (see Medicine). She had been associated then with the mysterious Rubicon Tech, where a theoretically curative blood substitute, brewed from plastics, had been developed, with tragic consequences: when substituted for human blood, the plastic serum begins to solidify, ...

Mysterious Island

Film (1961). American Films/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Cy Endfield. Written by John Prebble, Daniel Ullman, Crane Wilbur, based on L'île mystérieuse (1874-1875; trans W H G Kingston as The Mysterious Island 1875) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Michael Callan, Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood and Herbert Lom. 100 minutes. Colour. / This is a jovial showcase for Ray Harryhausen's robust special effects, with a luxuriant musical score by Bernard Herrmann. ...

Matthews, Susan R

(1952-    ) US author whose childhood in a peripatetic military family and two years of military service clearly provide background and ambience throughout her main work, the Jurisdiction Universe Military SF sequence, comprising An Exchange of Hostages (1997), Prisoner of Conscience (1998), Hour of Judgment (1999), Angel of Destruction (2001), The Devil and Deep Space (2002) and Warring States (2006). This knowledgeableness enriches her depiction of the protagonist of the ...

Guran, Paula

(?   -    ) US editor, reviewer, anthologist, agent, and columnist heavily involved in many aspects of the genre since the 1990s, specializing in dark fantasy. She produced and edited the pioneering weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (which won International Horror Guild awards as best publication in 1998 and 1999, and a Bram Stoker award for nonfiction in 1999), and was editor of Horror Garage magazine from 2000-2002. / She has contributed reviews, ...

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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