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Earth Girls Are Easy

Film (1988). De Laurentiis/Kestrel. Directed by Julien Temple. Written by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E McNally; loosely based on Brown's song of the same title from her EP album Goddess in Progress (1984). Cast includes Julie Brown, Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Damon Wayans. 100 minutes. Colour. / Three fur-covered humanoid Aliens – the leader Mac (Goldblum), Wiploc (Carrey) and Zeebo (Wayans) – crash their Spaceship in a swimming pool in the San ...

Neilson, Keith

(1935-    ) US academic of importance in the field of sf and fantasy scholarship for editing (anonymously: both books were created under the umbrella editorship of Frank N Magill) the Survey of Science Fiction Literature [for subtitle see Checklist] (anth 1979 5vols) and the Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (anth 1983 5vols); the first contains 500 and the second about 500 essays, averaging some 2000 words, on individual books and series (see Critical and Historical Works ...

White, Robin A

(?   -    ) US author, usually of thrillers; The Flight from Winter's Shadow (1990) is a very Near Future Technothriller in which intrigues surrounding an advanced military aircraft threaten to bring an Ecological disaster, perhaps even nuclear winter. [JC]

Raabe, H E

(1858-?   ) US ship captain and author, who in his former role as captain was advised by a crew member (Jack London) to take up writing; his Krakatoa, Hand of the Gods (1930), hints of the involvement of a Lost Race in the apocalyptic volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1888. Raabe had himself traded in the South Seas. [JC]

Jarrett, Cora

Working name of Cora Hardy Jarrett (1877-1969), who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Latch-Key" (December 1928 Vanity Fair) as by Faraday Keene. Her novel Strange Houses: A Tale (1936) features a scientific experiment – psychic rather than technological – that brings about Identity Exchange between two women, one middle-aged and the other a nineteen-year-old striptease dancer. [DRL]

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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