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Shurin, Jared

(?    -    ) US editor, long resident in the UK with his wife and co-anthologist Anne C Perry, with whom he founded the Pornokitsch blog and the Kitschies Awards (which see) first presented in 2010. He and Perry began to publish anthologies of genre interest with Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse (anth 2011), which had several successors [see Checklist below]. Three later titles are themed for Supernatural Creatures: mummies as classic Monsters in ...

Island of Lost Women

Film (1959). Jaguar Productions/Warner Brothers. Produced by George C Bertholon, Albert J Cohen and Alan Ladd. Directed by Frank Tuttle (credited as Frank W Tuttle). Written by Ray Buffum from a story by Prescott Chaplin. Cast includes June Blair, Diane Jergens, Alan Napier, Jeff Richards, John Smith and Venetia Stevenson. 71 minutes. Black and white. / En route to an international news conference in Melbourne, Victoria, commentator Mark Bradley (Richards) and pilot/friend Joe Walker ...

Psychonauts

Videogame (2005). Double Fine Productions. Designed by Tim Schafer. Platforms: PS2, Win, XBox. / Psychonauts is a three-dimensional platform game (see Videogames) with a strong linear story and vividly drawn characters. The game's fictional world is informed by an absurdist sense of humour similar to the one seen in Ben Edlund's Superhero Comic The Tick (1988-1994) (see The Tick) and the animated series Invader Zim (2001-2002, 2006); the visual design is often reminiscent of the work of ...

Morrill, Fred B

(1858-1949) US lawyer and author of a Utopia, Beyond the Horizon (1918), which begins with the depiction of Space Flight to another planet, where a benevolent, weaponless social order based on voluntary agreements among all. [JC]

Chilson, Rob

Working name of US author Robert Dean Chilson (1945-    ). His first sf story was "The Mind Reader" for Analog in June 1968. Of his novels, which generally fail to step beyond the routine, As the Curtain Falls (1974) is a Far-Future adventure with some highly coloured moments, The Star-Crowned Kings (1975) is a Space Opera about a member of a subject race who has latent ESP powers; The Shores of Kansas (1976), perhaps (along with his first) Chilson's most interesting work, ...

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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