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Henningsen, Charles Frederick

(1815-1877) UK-born soldier and author of Swedish parentage, active in the former capacity in Spain, Russia, Hungary, Nicaragua and Grenada, rising to the rank of brigadier-general in the army of one of these countries, though it has not been determined which; he had emigrated to the United States by 1851, where he helped wage military campaigns intended to extend the practice of Slavery throughout Central America, and eventually fought on the Confederate side in the Civil War. His sf novel, ...

Willits, Malcolm

(1934-    ) US film director, bookseller, editor and author, who began to publish work of genre interest with "To Not Be Worthy" in Destiny for Winter 1950, along with several other early stories in that journal (see Amateur Magazine), which he himself co-edited with Jim Bradley. He is of more direct sf interest for The Wonderful Edison Time Machine: A Celebration of Life (1999), a Young Adult Time Travel tale whose young protagonists take a Time Machine back to 1929 in an ...

Hollow Man

Film (2000). Columbia Pictures/Global Entertainment Productions. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Andrew W Marlowe; story by Gary Scott Thompson and Marlowe. Cast includes Kevin Bacon, Josh Brolin, Kim Dickens, Greg Grunberg and Elizabeth Shue. 112 minutes. Colour. / The arrogant head of a military-funded research team tests their Invisibility serum on himself, descending into murderous psychosis after the effects prove irreversible. / Verhoeven's last Hollywood film was a ...

Invasion of the Star Creatures

Film (1962). Alta Vista Productions, American International Pictures. Produced by Berj Hagopian. Directed by Bruno VeSota. Written by Jonathan Haze based on his original story "Monsters from Nicholson Mesa". Cast includes Robert Ball (credited as Bob Ball), Mark Ferris, Frankie Ray, Dolores Reed and Gloria Victor. 70 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of comically inept US Army soldiers, Privates Philbrick (Ball) and Penn (Ray), are sent along with several competent troopers to investigate ...

Hairston, Andrea

(1952-    ) US author and critic who began publishing standalone work of genre interest with "Griots of the Galaxy" in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy (anth 2004) edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan. This was preceded by "Excerpt from Mindscape" in Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (anth 2004) edited by Sheree R Thomas, a portion of Hairston's first novel Mindscape (2006). In this novel the internecine squabbles of Earth are intensified ...

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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