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Sparkes, Ali

(1966-    ) UK author of fiction, at first within what seemed to be an encompassing fantasy frame, addressed to younger readers crossing over into Young Adult expectations and focusing mostly on series. The first of these is the Shapeshifter sequence beginning with The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox (2006), in which a cohort of Shapeshifter teenagers, the Children of Limitless Ability, engage in exploits that also involve Telekinesis and other Psi Powers. Darker and more ...

Beast Must Die, The

Film (1974; vt Black Werewolf). Amicus Productions and the British Lion Film Corporation. Directed by Paul Arnett. Written by Arnett (uncredited), Scott Finch (uncredited) and Michael Winder, based on "There Shall Be No Darkness" (April 1950 Thrilling Wonder Stories) by James Blish. Cast includes Tom Chadbon, Marlene Clark, Peter Cushing, Anton Diffring, Charles Gray, Michael Gambon, Calvin Lockhart and Ciaran Madden. 93 minutes. Colour. / Six guests are invited to the Island estate of ...

Silver Screen Horror

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Globe Communications. No editor named. One issue, May 1977. / This magazine, apparently intended as a one-time only publication, included many black and white photos from vintage Horror and sf films, with brief articles about them. Featured productions include The Fly (1958), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and This Island Earth (1955). Collectors should note that the cover lists the title ...

Pullar, A L

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose Celestalia: A Fantasy, 1975 A D (1933) describes a series of volcanic Disasters that destroys Japan, causing its population to flee to China, and many displaced Chinese to flee south to Australia, which is taken over (see Imperialism; Yellow Peril). A white government of sort survives in Tasmania. In the West, racial conflicts (see Race in SF) shape further destructive wars. [JC]

Curtis, Philip

(1920-2012) UK teacher and author who is best known for the Mr Browser sequence of Young Adult sf novels, beginning with Mr Browser and the Brain Sharpeners (1979; vt Invasion of the Brain Sharpeners 1981), which comically, though sometimes pedantically, engage teachers and others with various challenges, some of them instigated by Aliens. The eponymous villains of Mr Browser and the Space Maggots (1989) are for instance responsible for the environmental deterioration of planet Earth towards ...

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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