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Adrian, Jack

Pseudonym of UK editor and author Christopher Lowder (1945-    ) who wrote several sf and fantasy Comic strips and stories for boys' comics and papers in the 1970s and early 1980s while working for IPC/Fleetway. These include the controversial "Kids Rule OK" for Action (see Boys' Papers), "Adam Eterno" for Thunder and Lion, "Van Helsing" for The House of Hammer, "Timequake" and "Ro-Busters" for Starlord, "Victor Drago" for Tornado, and "Dan Dare", "Invasion", "Judge Dredd", ...

Welcome, S Byron

(1861-1948) US engineer, inventor and author of From Earth's Center: A Polar Gateway Message (1894), a Lost World tale whose protagonists descend into a Symmes-style Hollow Earth, where they discover an English-speaking country called Centralia, a Utopia where laissez-faire capitalism is luckily controlled by some mixed socialistic joint ownership of the land itself. High Technology based on electricity benefits all. [JC]

Under the Skin

Film (2013). Film4 and BFI present in association with Silver Reel, Creative Scotland and FinnNation Entertainment a Nick Wechsler/J W Films production. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Written by Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer, based on Under the Skin (2000) by Michel Faber. Cast includes Scarlett Johansson and Adam Pearson. 108 minutes. Colour. / There are two films here. The first Under the Skin, which is of less interest in the context of this encyclopedia, is a work of art without ...

Wright, Alexis

(1950-    ) Australian author, a member of the indigenous Waanyi nation whose homeland stretches along the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia; she has been associated for many years with various campaigns advocating the rights of Aboriginals. Her first two novels, Plains of Promise (1997) and Carpentaria (2006), both acutely but compassionately polemical, address her people and the life that has been imposed upon them. Though technically nonfantastic, this early work ...

Reisman, Jessica

(1963-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Arcana of Maps" for The Third Alternative #23 in 2000, which became the title story of her first collection, The Arcana of Maps and Other Stories (coll 2019); her sf novel, The Z Radiant (2004), is set in on a planet in a region of space accessible solely through Wormholes, which open only once a generation, at which point the natives tend to succumb to Cargo Cult behaviour, new Technologies and ...

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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