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Latham, Rob

(1959-    ) US critic and editor, best known for his criticism of the New Wave and for his work as an editor for the journal Science Fiction Studies. / Hoping to become a professional science fiction writer, Latham attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at Michigan State University in 1985. During the summer of 1986, ...

Reign of Fire

Film (2002). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg from a story by Chabot and Peterka. Cast includes Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, Scott James Moutter and Izabella Scorupco. 102 minutes. Colour. / Underground works in Near Future London wake ...

Bell, Neal

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel Gone to Be Snakes Now (1974), set initially in an isolated Keep in a Ruined Earth America, traces events after the Mutant-haunted, Sex-irradiated wilderness beyond the walls is entered. [JC]

Face of Fu Manchu, The

Film (1965). Anglo-Amalgamated. Directed by Don Sharp. Written by Harry Alan Towers, based on the characters created by Sax Rohmer. Cast includes Tsai Chin, Nigel Green, James Robertson Justice, Christopher Lee and Howard Marion-Crawford. 96 minutes. Colour. / The first of a series of films produced by Harry Alan Towers in which Christopher Lee (1922-2015) portrayed the oriental master-fiend, Tsai Chin played Fu's insidious daughter (renamed Lin Tang ...

Eberle, Merab

(1891-1959) US editor, poet, author of children's plays and of some sf, her only magazine story being "The Mordant" for Amazing in March 1930. A second tale was published as the first half of The Thought Translator/The Creation (anth 1930 chap), volume 9 in Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series of short volumes focusing on relatively unknown writers. Neither story stands out ...

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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