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Back to the Future

Film (1985). Amblin Entertainment/Universal. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg among the executive producers. Written by Zemeckis, Bob Gale. Cast includes Michael J Fox, Crispin Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Thomas F Wilson. 116 minutes. Colour. / One of the major sf hits of the 1980s, Back to the Future is a disarming, calculated and intelligent comedy about ...

Potts, Stephen W

(1949-    ) US author and critic who began to publish work of genre interest with "Mare Somniorum" in New Dimensions 10 (anth 1980) edited by Robert Silverberg, his only published sf story. His book-length criticism includes studies of Arkady and Boris Strugatski in The Second Marxian Invasion: The Fiction of the Strugatsky Brothers (1991) and of J R R ...

Beerbohm, Max

Working name of UK author, caricaturist, theatre critic (hailed by his Saturday Review predecessor George Bernard Shaw as "the incomparable Max") and later Radio broadcaster Henry Maximilian Beerbohm (1872-1956). He was initially known for witty and mannered essays published from 1894 in The Yellow Book, The Savoy and other London magazines, first assembled under the self-mockingly grandiose title ...

Far Out!

Australian Semiprozine, Digest-format, side-stapled, three issues, undated (but March, July and November 1985), published from East Fremantle, Western Australia by Far Out Enterprises, edited anonymously by Pamela Klacar. Subtitled "Australia's own sf/fantasy magazine", Far Out! published fiction of an amateurish nature by unknown writers. Though (astonishingly) given national distribution, it soon silently disappeared. ...

Gorman, Ed

(1941-2016) US author, principally of crime, western and horror fiction, in which fields his reputation was high. He was active in Fandom in the 1950s and 1960s, in the latter decade publishing the Fanzine Ciln. His principal contribution to sf was his co-authorship as Richard Driscoll of the Star Precinct trilogy with Kevin D Randle; this opens with Star Precinct (1992) and ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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