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Naylor, Charles

(1941-2005) US editor and author, the partner of Thomas M Disch between 1969 and 2005. He wrote a gothic novel, Steps to the Grotto (1974) as by Cassandra Nye, echoing the Cassandra Knye pseudonym used earlier for gothics by Disch and John T Sladek. Under his own name, Neighboring Lives (1981) with Thomas M Disch is a non-sf historical analysis in fictional terms of mid-nineteenth-century English literary life, focusing on Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Baillie Welsh Carlyle ...

Vizenor, Gerald

(1934-    ) US academic and author, an Anishinaabe Native American of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, most of whose nonfiction and fiction has been addressed to the tragic Native American narrative since the European invasions began in the sixteenth century CE, through which he has eloquently exposed and opposed the conquerors' grouping of dozens of geographically, culturally and linguistically distinct North American civilizations as "Indian". He is of strong sf interest for ...


A giant prehistoric turtle who starred in a number of Monster Movies from the Daiei Studios. The first of these was Daikaijū Gamera (1965), in the entry for which are detailed also the other Gamera films. [JGr] links / Internet Movie Database

Hammond, Ray

(1948-    ) UK science journalist, futurologist and author; his nonfiction includes The On-Line Handbook (1984) and The World in 2030 (2007), which predicts and describes the Singularity. He began publishing sf novels with Emergence (2001), which explores a billionaire tycoon's attempts to save the Near Future world through simplistic tampering with threatened Ecology via Weather Control; Extinction (2005), also set in the Near Future, more systematically explores the ...

Night of the Living Dead

1. Film (1968). Image 10 Productions/Walter Reade-Continental. Directed by George A Romero. Written by Romero and John A Russo. Cast includes Karl Hardman, Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Keith Wayne. 96 minutes, cut to 90 minutes. Black and white. / This unrelenting and downbeat Horror film, Romero's astonishing debut, tells of a horde of walking, cannibalistic corpses who lay siege to an isolated house. Their revival is explained by "space radiation" brought to Earth on an aborted Rocket ...

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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