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Tannehill, Jayne

Working name of US author Jayne Tannehill Englehart (?   -    ), partner of Theodore Sturgeon 1976-1985; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Eclipse of the Son" in Chrysalis 2 (anth 1978) edited by Roy Torgeson. Her sf novel, V: The Oregon Invasion (1988), is a competent Tie set in the "V" universe, after disease has slowed the Visitors' Invasion of Earth, causing them to focus on the Pacific Rim. [JC/DRL]

Robins, Madeleine E

(1953-    ) US author, best known for nonfantastic work, though her first publications were sf, beginning with "The Boarder" for Asimov's in July 1982. She is best known for The Stone War (1999), a Near Future tale set in a Manhattan (see New York) progressively devastated by a series of mysterious Disasters (the World Trade Center, along with much else, is destroyed). A small band of survivors constructs a makeshift Keep, which they defend against an unravelling of reality, ...

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 ...

Dark City

Film (1998). New Line Cinema presents a Mystery Clock production. Directed by Alex Proyas. Written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs, and David S Goyer; story by Proyas. Cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Melissa George, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland. Theatrical cut 100 minutes; Director's Cut 111 minutes. Colour. / An Amnesiac murder suspect in a mysteriously sunless City discovers that his and everyone else's identities are the fabricated product of ...


Film (2016). Jeremy Thomas and Hanway Films, Film4 and BFI present in association with Northern Ireland Screen, Ingenious Media, Scope Pictures and S Films a Recorded Picture Company production. Directed by Ben Wheatley. Written by Amy Jump from the novel High-Rise (1975) by J G Ballard. Cast includes Julia Deakin, Luke Evans, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Louis Suc. 119 minutes. Colour. / "Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the ...

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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