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Warner, Anne

(1869-1913) US author of romantic fiction, in the UK from about 1903; of some sf interest is When Woman Proposes (1911), a Near Future tale set in an unnamed European country where a young woman, in love with a soldier who refuses to marry her on his low income, engineers a general strike of workers and military, bringing the land to a total halt until an equitable wage structure is established for all. [JC]

Mills, Dorothy

(1889-1959) UK author of several travel books which record her adventurous life in Africa and South America, and of three books of sf interest: The Arms of the Sun (1924), a Lost World tale set in Africa, where a white woman (as was still usual in this category of fiction as late as 1924) is shown being worshipped by Blacks; The Dark Gods (1925), also set in an indefinably mysterious Africa; and Phoenix (1926), in which a foreigner (a Lebanese Mad Scientist who cannot control his sexual urges) ...

Steiber, Ellen

(1955-    ) US author initially and primarily associated with her contribution to two Shared World series of Ties to the Television series The X-Files, The X-Files Young Readers Series beginning with The X-Files #4: Squeeze (1996), and The X-Files Young Adult Series beginning with The X-Files: Eve (1997) and ending with The X-Files: Haunted (2000), which is number fifteen in that overall series. These series are for the Young Adult market. Her first standalone novel, A Rumor ...


Film (1978). Irwin Yablans. Produced by Charles Band. Directed by Michael Rae. Written by Franne Schacht, Frank Ray Perilli. Cast includes Kim Milford, Gianni Russo and Cheryl Smith. 80 minutes. Colour. / In this ill-made, low-budget exploitation movie a miserable teenager finds in the desert an amulet and a laser left by Aliens. The amulet makes his eyes glow red; taken over by the alien persona, he revenges himself with the laser Weapon on people who pick on him, also exploding many cars ...

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Japanese animated film (2008; vt Ponyo); original title Gake no Ue no Ponyo. Studio Ghibli. Directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Voice cast includes Yūki Amami, Hiroki Doi, Yuria Nana and George Tokoro. 101 minutes. Colour. / Whilst playing by the sea, five-year-old Sōsuke (Doi) finds a trapped fish whose head appears almost human. Rescuing it, he cuts his finger, which the fish licks. He names it Ponyo (Nana) and is delighted when, shortly after, it begins to speak: a bond is ...

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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