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Freas, Frank Kelly

(1922-2005) American illustrator, born Frank Kelly; he added the last name Freas after his stepfather adopted him, and was often known professionally simply as Kelly Freas. For many years, Freas was sf's most popular artist, and he surely qualifies as its most productive; after half a century of steady work, his accomplishments were staggering. / After some freelance jobs and military service during World War II, the self-trained Freas decided to pursue his longstanding interest in science ...

Rankin, Robert

(1949-    ) UK author who began writing his highly idiosyncratic sf novels with the Brentford sequence beginning with The Antipope (1981), The Brentford Triangle (1983) and East of Ealing (1984), these three assembled as The Brentford Trilogy (omni 1988); the final volume in the sequence, Retromancer (2009), is a spoof Hitler Wins ...

Dornbierer, Manú

(circa 1932-    ) Mexican author and painter, better known for her work as a journalist, a field where she has received some awards. In the late 1960s, Dornbierer began to publish short stories, mostly Fantasy, always very stylish, well-written and constructed pieces. In 1968, her short story "La grieta" ["The Crack"], later included in the collection Después de Samarkanda ["After Samarkand"] (coll ...


Made-for-tv film (1971). ABC/Universal. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Richard Matheson, based on his original story "Duel" (April 1971 Playboy). Cast includes Eddie Firestone, Charles Steel and Dennis Weaver. 75 minutes; expanded and released outside the USA as a feature film, 90 minutes. Colour. / Universal Studios were so impressed by this television film directed by ...

Roberts, Steve

(?   -    ) US author of Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future (1985), a Tie to the film Max Headroom (1985). [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 ...

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