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Free, Colin

(1925-1996) Australian author whose The Soft Kill (1973), set in a totalitarian Near Future world in the depths of an Overpopulation crisis (an emphasis which clearly dates Free's concerns, as later in the twentieth century overpopulation became an issue more often ignored than confronted); the privileged few live in elevated Keeps. [JC]

Arreola, Juan José

(1918-2001) Mexican author and academic whose full name was Juan José Arreola Zúñiga. Best known for his fantastic short stories, especially the Kafkaesque "El guardagujas" ["The Switchman"] (7 May 1950 México en la Cultura), he is considered one of Mexico's premier experimental short story authors and one of the masters, alongside Jorge Luis Borges, of the essay-story. Borges also described his work with one word: "freedom. Freedom of an unlimited imagination, ...

Velez, Walter

(1939-2018) American artist. After extensive artistic training, Velez entered the field of commercial art, mostly focusing on advertising though he also did some album covers for Latino musicians. He began working on sf and Fantasy book covers in the late 1970s and quickly showed that he could provide covers with interesting tableaux of distinctively rendered human figures, like the friendly scoundrels drinking at an inn on the cover of Robert Asprin's first Thieves' World Shared-World ...

Mort en Direct, La

Film (1979; vt Death Watch). Selta Film/Little Bear/Sara Film/Gaumont/Antenne 2/TV 15. Coproduced and directed by Bernard Tavernier. Written by David Rayfiel, Tavernier, based on The Continuous Katherine Mortenhoe (1974; rev vt The Unsleeping Eye 1974; vt Death Watch 1981) by D G Compton. Cast includes Harvey Keitel, Romy Schneider, Harry Dean Stanton and Max Von Sydow. 130 minutes. Colour. / This French/West German coproduction chose, perhaps eccentrically, to locate its Dystopian city of ...

Invasion America

US animated tv mini-series (1998). DreamWorks Animation for The Warner Brothers Television Network. Created by Steven Spielberg and Harve Bennett. Produced by Dan Fausett and Michael Reaves. Directors included Patrick Archibald and Fausett. Writers included Ruel Fischmann, Wayne Lemon, and Reaves. Cast includes Edward Albert, Tony Jay, Mikey Kelley, Lorenzo Lamas, Leonard Nimoy, James Sikking and Kath Soucie. 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / During the early 1980s, a civil war breaks out on ...

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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