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Murray, Kate

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Blue Star (1907), featuring the Invention of an electrical device capable of transferring vital energy from one body to another. [JC]

Gombrowicz, Witold

(1904-1969) Polish playwright, essayist and author whose work was not directly connected with Genre SF, though he occasionally utilized fantastic elements; his impact on Polish literature (see Poland) was unprecedented both at the level of his highly original narrative technique, for which he derived idiosyncratic diminutive forms and neologisms, and a consistent philosophy, at some points evoking associations with existentialism, ...


Film (2003). Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present a Davis Entertainment Company/Lion Rock production in association with Solomon/Hackett Productions. Directed by John Woo. Written by Dean Georgaris, based on "Paycheck" (June 1953 Imagination) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti and Uma Thurman. 119 minutes. Colour. / Michael Jennings (Affleck) makes a living as an ...

Weitz, Chris

(1969-    ) US screenwriter, producer, director and author, whose version of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass (2007), which he directed and for which he wrote the screenplay, received some criticism for its softening of the author's iconoclastic take on Religion. Weitz is of specific sf interest for his Young World sequence comprising The Young World (2014), ...


Inspired by literary trends of the period, Portuguese Proto-Sf novels in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries depicted future or remote Utopian societies that are visited and discussed at length by travelers from the present world and time. Great care is given to the shifts in world order and morality and less to scientific achievements, including the modes of Transportation to those ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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