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Morden, Simon

(?   -    ) UK geophysicist, teacher, editor and author who also writes as S J Morden. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Bell, Book and Candle" in Scaremongers 2: Redbrick Eden (anth 1998) edited by Steve Savile, which was included in his first collection, Thy Kingdom Come (coll 2002 multimedia CD; 2012), which comprises two linked sequences, one set in a darkening Near Future America, the other in a Europe after nuclear devastation (see ...

Bills, Randall N

(1971-    ) US author, solely of Ties, beginning with Battletech: Path of Glory (2000). His Star Trek ties are written in collaboration with Loren L Coleman. [JC/DRL]

Holmes, Oliver Wendell

(1809-1894) US poet, essayist, editor, medical doctor and author, of sf interest in the latter capacity for Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny (January 1860-April 1861 The Atlantic Monthly as "The Professor's Story"; 1861 2vols), in which the classic fantasy and supernatural topos of the Lamia is reconstructed in terms of Biology: the eponymous young female, having been "poisoned" in the womb with rattlesnake venom (see Poison), grows up half-ophidian: her blood is cold; her bite venomous; she ...

Void Science Fiction and Fantasy

Australian Digest-size, saddle-stapled Semiprozine, five issues 1975-1977, thereafter continuing until 1981 as a series, four books, three numbers per book, which effectively constituted an original-anthology series; published by Void Publications, Melbourne; edited by Paul Collins. At a time when Australian sf had few local outlets, Void was a brave venture, though in appearance it could be described, in its first incarnation, as an Amateur Magazine with an overcrowded layout on cheap paper. ...

Bubble, The

Film (1966; vt Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth 1976). Arch Oboler Productions/Midwestern MagicVuers. Produced by Marvin J Chomsky. Directed by Arch Oboler. Written by Oboler. Cast includes Michael Cole, Johnny Desmond and Deborah Walley. 112 minutes; cut to 94 minutes for 1976 re-release; later versions cut to 75 minutes. Colour. / Young married couple Mark (Cole) and Katherine (Walley), the latter heavily pregnant, take a trip in a private aeroplane piloted by their friend Tony Herric ...

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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