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It Came from Beneath the Sea

Film (1955). Clover/Columbia. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by Robert Gordon. Written by George Worthing Yates, Hal Smith, based on a story by Yates. Cast includes Donald Curtis, Faith Domergue and Kenneth Tobey. 77 minutes. Black and white. / In this Monster Movie a giant octopus is affected by atomic radiation – as so often in the genre – and goes on a destructive rampage, attacking San Francisco and demolishing various landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, ...

Chu, John

(?   -    ) Taiwan-born translator, podcast "narrator" and author, in the USA from childhood; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Thirty Seconds from Now" in The Time Traveler's Almanac (anth 2013) edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. He has since published short stories widely; The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere (2013 ebook) won a Hugo award for best short story in 2014, and like several of his works juxtaposes generational family ...

Harding, Ellison

(1883-1952) US businessman and author whose The Demetrian (1907; vt The Woman Who Vowed 1908) is a Utopia set about two years in the future. [JC]

Bolton, Charles E

(1841-1901) US businessman, philanthropist and author, married to the poet and writer on temperance issues, Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841-1916); his posthumously published sf novel, The Harris-Ingram Experiment (1905), conflates capitalist accomplishments, romantic love, a genius inventor and Utopian experiments. [JC]

Farmer, Geoffrey Norton

(1881-1937) Welsh author of whom little is known beyond Quella (1914), an sf tale featuring a Mad Scientist whose plot to drug humanity into submitting to his rule comes to grief when those he has addicted run riot after supplies have been interrupted. [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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