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Finlay, Iain

(1935-    ) Australian journalist and author whose sf novel, The Azanian Assignment (1978), is set in a Near Future South Africa weakened by guerrilla assaults, seemingly from Tanzania; the end of apartheid clearly looms. [JC]

Kelly, Harold Ernest

(1900-1969) UK author and publisher, founder with his brother, Hector Kelly, of Everybody's Books in 1943, then in 1946 of Robin Hood Press, for which he wrote many crime novels – being best known for those as by Darcy Glinto – and Westerns, along with some sf and horror. In the 1960s, he wrote crime under the House Name Hank Janson. As Eugene Ascher he wrote the Lucian Carolus series of occult detective novels: There Were No Asper Ladies (1944; vt To Kill a Corpse 1959), Uncanny ...

Maze, The

US film (1953). Allied Artists/Monogram Studios. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Written by Daniel B Ullman from the novel The Maze (1945) by Maurice Sandoz. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Katherine Emery, Veronica Hurst and Michael Pate. 80 minutes. Black and white. / Sir Gerald McTeam (Carlson) receives a message which causes him to abruptly break off his engagement to Kitty Murray (Hurst) and rush to the castle he has inherited in the Scottish highlands, with no explanation to her. ...

Townsend, J D

(?   -    ) US musician, journalist and author whose sf novel, The Assassin's Dream (2005). describe a distant Near Future Dystopian world run on bureaucratic lines by females (see Women in SF) in the absence of most males due to a genetic syndrome that has killed most of them off. The story involves the discovery by a government assassin of truths upsetting to her understanding of how this world came about. [JC]

Cronenberg, David

(1943-    ) Canadian film-maker, author, actor and director, one of the most important practitioners of sf, in any medium, of the last quarter of the twentieth century. From his early student and underground films – Transfer (1966), From the Drain (1967), Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic) (1969) and Crimes of the Future (1970), the television short Secret Weapons (1972) – through his gutsy, increasingly surreal exploitation movies – The Parasite ...

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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