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England, George Allan

(1877-1936) US explorer, translator and author of much magazine fiction between 1901 and 1935; of more than 330 published stories so far traced, five were full-length sf novels in serial form, and many individual tales were sf, starting with his first work of genre interest, "The Time-Reflector" for The Monthly Story Magazine in September 1905, about the Invention of a Time Viewer device. His work appeared predominantly in Frank A Munsey's magazines, where he was one of the more popular writers ...

Terminator, The

Film (1984). Cinema '84/Pacific Western/Orion. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by James Cameron. Written by Cameron, Hurd. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 107 minutes. Colour. / In 2029 CE a vicious Future War between humans and Machines is raging. To ensure their victory, the machines send back a Cyborg Terminator (apparently human, with flesh and blood coating a metal armature and electronic implants) via Time Travel to Los Angeles (see ...

Other Edens

UK original anthology series, consisting of Other Edens (anth 1987), Other Edens II (anth 1988) and Other Edens III (anth 1989), edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock. This was a curious series. The (ironic?) title is taken from the description of England in Shakespeare's Richard II, though the editors mistakenly say it was Richard III; in fact, however, they rather let down their own ambition of giving a boost to UK short fiction by including stories by such US writers as Kim ...

Smith, A C

(1925-2011) UK author of a modest Space Opera, A Glimpse of Judgement (1978), for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Synecdoche, New York

Film (2008). Likely Story/Projective Testing Service/Russia/Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman. Cast includes Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Emily Watson, Diane Wiest and Michelle Williams. 124 minutes. Colour. / A theatre director in Schenectady, who finds his life accelerating (see Time Distortion) as his health and personal life disintegrate, uses a MacArthur Fellowship award to ...

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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