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Sayre, David

Working name of US engineer and author David Sayre Dayton (?   -    ) whose sf novel, The Great Improbability: An Autobiographical Mystery by the People of Earth (2010), a disquisitional tale, sufficiently personalized to count as fiction, in which six representative humans describe the enlightened future (see Utopia) they, lovingly, inhabit. He should not be confused with the American crystallographer David Sayre (1924-2012). [JC]

Waters, M D

(1978-    ) US author whose Archetype sequence comprising Archetype (2014) and Prototype (2014) features a young woman with Amnesia – it is soon revealed that she has suffered a Memory Edit at the hands of her doctors – whose responses to the world into which she is revived are akin to responses typical of protagonists in Sleeper Awakes tales. This Near Future world is extremely sf-like, with Teleportation and other familiar features; but the focus of the tale is ...


Film (1961; vt I Was a Teenage Gorilla). Anglo Amalgamated/American International Pictures. Produced by Herman Cohen, Nathan Cohen and Stuart Levy (uncredited). Directed by John Lemont. Written by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel from their original idea. Cast includes Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Michael Gough and Margo Johns. 90 minutes. Colour. / Botanist Dr Charles Decker (Gough) is discovered alive after disappearing in an aeroplane crash in Africa. Returning to a warm welcome in London, he ...

Butterfly Effect, The

Film (2004). New Line Cinema presents a Benderspink/FilmEngine production. Directed by J Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress. Written by Gruber, Bress. Cast includes John Patrick Amedori, Irene Gorovaia, Elden Henson, Ashton Kutcher, William Lee Scott, Amy Smart and Melora Walters. 113 minutes (115 minutes director's cut). Colour. / Young Evan Treborn, "Event Reborn" (Kutcher, Amedori), has a traumatic childhood in which he suffers periodic "blackouts" in times of stress, having no memory of what ...

Paul, Auren

Pseudonym of US author Auren Uris (1913-1999) whose Sex novel, The Love Machine (1960; vt Fantastic Orgy), envisions the momentary transformation of a Near Future suburb. [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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