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Barr, Mike W

(1952-    ) US author of several Graphic Novels, the first of them – the future Arthurian Science Fantasy Camelot 3000 (December 1982-April 1985 Camelot 3000; graph 1988) with Brian Bolland – attracting interest as an early signal of attempts to move upmarket on the part of the American comics industry. Of sf interest are three ...

Hervey, Harry

(1900-1951) US author who supplied stories (though he did not always write the scripts) for such films as Shanghai Express (1932) and Road to Singapore (1940), and who early in his career wrote two Lost Race novels, both set in the romantic East, Caravans by Night: A Romance of India (1922) and The Black Parrot: A Tale of the Golden Chersonese (1923), the latter set in the Malay Peninsula. [JC]

Straub, Peter

(1943-2022) US author who focused throughout his long career on horror novels, most of them ambitious, and almost always fantastic (see Fantastika; Horror in SF), but using very few sf agencies at any point. His collaboration with Stephen King in the Talisman sequence comprising The Talisman (1984) and Black House (2001) verges on sf, however, when its characters ...

Gray, Alasdair

(1934-2019) Scottish painter, playwright, poet and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Star" in Collins Magazine for Boys and Girls for May 1951, whose boy protagonist finds a transparent fallen star through which he sees other worlds; when a schoolmaster demands it, he swallows the star, gaining Transcendence but clearly dying. As Gray has acknowledged, the tale was inspired by H G Wells's "The ...


Film (1981). Ladd Co. Directed by Peter Hyams. Written by Hyams. Cast includes Peter Boyle, Sean Connery and Frances Sternhagen. 109 minutes. Colour. / The setting is a mining base on Io, the third moon of Jupiter. The new marshal (Connery) discovers that the mine manager (Boyle), in a bid to increase production, is introducing powerful amphetamine Drugs which ultimately render the workers ...

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 ...

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