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McKinney, Joe

(1968-2021) US police sergeant (with the police department of San Antonio, Texas) and author who began to publish work of genre interest with Dead City (2006), in which the Disaster scenario of multiple hurricanes afflicting Houston, Texas, is followed by a Zombie apocalypse caused by the Ebola-like "necrosis filovirus". This opens the Dead World sequence of standalone novels, plus some short stories, that share the ...

Super Mario Bros.

Film (1993). Lightmotive/Allied Filmmakers in association with Cinergi Productions and Hollywood Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Produced by Jake Eberts and Roland Joffe. Directed by Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel. Written by Parker Bennett & Terry Runte and Ed Solomon based on the concept and characters created by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka of Nintendo. Cast includes Dennis Hopper, Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Samantha ...

Belden, David

(1949-    ) Swiss-born UK author, in the USA from 1982 for many years, but later again resident in the UK; his Galactic Collectivity sequence – Children of Arable (1986) and To Warm the Earth (1988) – depicts with clearly felt didactic urgency a Far-Future Earth trapped in sterile stasis, with a stagnant galactic civilization impotently observing the dying of the mother planet, though the ...

Cronin, Michael

(1942-    ) UK actor, screenwriter, and author; he should not be confused with Michael Cronin, a pseudonym of Brendan Leo Cronin (1907-1987). Cronin's Young Adult sequence, Against the Day – comprising Against the Day (1998), Through the Night (2003) and In the Morning (2005) – is set in a 1940s Britain governed by the Nazis (see Hitler Wins), and ...

Chester, George Randolph

(1870-1924) US screenwriter and author, married to Lillian Chester, his close collaborator from the time of their marriage in 1911; the sexist conventions of the time treated him as the senior partner, but his references to her seem to contradict this. His (or their) The Jingo (1912) satirizes simultaneously the lost-race (see Lost Worlds) story and US know-how in a tale about a salesman selling his modern ...

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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