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Catran, Ken

(1944-    ) New Zealand screen-writer and author, frequently of crime novels; included in his production of Young Adult titles are of two Young Adult series of sf interest: the Deepwater sequence, later televised, and beginning with Deepwater Black (1992); and the Solar Colonies sequence beginning with Doomfire on Venus (1993). His New Zealand television credits include scripts for Children of the Dog Star (1984, six episodes), about an Alien who is lost on earth and adopted ...

Day of the Dead

Film (1985). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero. Cast includes Terry Alexander, Lori Cardille, Richard Liberty, Joseph Pilato and Howard Sherman. 101 minutes, cut to 100 minutes. Colour. / Romero's plan, after showing the initial Zombie attacks in Night of the Living Dead (1968) and the total breakdown of society in Dawn of the Dead (1978), was to complete the trilogy with a film showing a new coalition between humans and controlled zombies. Partly for budgetary reasons, ...

Searles, A Langley

(1920-2009) US Fanzine publisher and Professor of Chemistry at the College of Mount St Vincent, New York (he retired in 1987); as publisher from 1943 of Fantasy Commentator (which see for details), he maintained the journal as a significant forum for the study of sf in many of its aspects, though concentrating on early Genre SF. In 1999 he was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame. [JC]

Abu Tenpū

Pseudonym of Shinichi Abu (1882-1928), a Japanese author of Military SF for the early Pulps, and an early fictional proponent of the likelihood of a Future War between Japan and the United States. Abu's first career was that of an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, commissioned as a second lieutenant shortly before the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Resigning his commission in 1906 due to a leg injury, he fell in with the literary salon of the author and editor Shunrō Oshikawa, who ...

Sundarji, Krishnamswamy

(1930-1999) Indian soldier (Indian Chief of Staff 1986-1998) and author born Krishnamswamy Sundararajan but universally known under the shortened form of his surname; his Blind Men of Hindoostan: Indo-Pak Nuclear War (1993) places in a Near Future setting a series of speculations, some barely fictionalized, as to the nature of a Future War between India and Pakistan. [JC]

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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