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Blob, The

1. Film (1958). Tonylyn/Paramount. Directed Irvin S Yeaworth Jr. Written by Kay Linaker, Irving H Milgate, Theodore Simonson. Cast includes Aneta Corseaut, Steve McQueen and Earl Rowe. 86 minutes. Colour. / An Alien Blob which grows by absorbing flesh reaches Earth in a hollow meteorite – whose impact is witnessed by the young hero Steve Andrews (McQueen) and his girlfriend Jane Martin (Corseaut) – and duly begins to consume the inhabitants of a small US town. No one believes ...

Helps, Arthur

(1813-1875) UK civil servant, in close proximity to the monarchy after 1869, and author; he is best known for Friends in Council (coll 1847 and 1849; later series 1859), dramatized discourses which may have been influenced by the example of the much sharper Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), and which are translated into more clearly fictional Club Story form in Realmah (1868 2vols) as by The Author of "Friends in Council", which features a Lost Race tale set in the ancient empire of Sheviri in ...


Film (1986). New Line/Smart Egg/Sho films. Directed by Stephen Herek. Written by Herek, Dominic Muir, with additions by Opper. Cast includes Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Don Opper, Dee Wallace Stone and M Emmet Walsh. 86 minutes, cut to 85 minutes. Colour. / Small furry carnivorous Aliens with voracious appetites and large teeth (very clearly modelled on the creatures in Joe Dante's Gremlins [1984]) besiege a farmhouse in Kansas and are driven off with the help of alien bounty-hunters. ...

Hader, Elmer

(1889-1973) US illustrator and author, whose copious work, in collaboration with his wife, includes one Young Adult sf tale, The Skyrocket (1946) with Berta Hader, though it may be the case that the rocket in question is fuelled by magic. [JC]

Luca de Tena, Torcuato

(1923-1999) Spanish controversialist, poet and author in whose first novel, La otra vida del capitán Contreras (1953; trans Barnaby Conrad as The Second Life of Captain Contreras 1960), the Sleeper Awakes hero has sharp things to say about the new world he enters. [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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