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Pratt, Tim

(1976-    ) US author and poet, a graduate of Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop (East) who is currently a senior editor of Locus, for which he has written many reviews and obituaries. He also writes as T A Pratt and as by T Aaron Payton. Pratt began to publish fiction of genre interest with "53rd Annual Mantis Homecoming Dance" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction for Winter 1999 and has since been highly prolific in short fiction, with well over a hundred stories and ...


Russian animated short film (1977). Original title Poligon; vt Proving Ground; vt Firing Range. Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Anatoly Petrov. Written by Sever Gansovsky. Voice cast includes Alexander Beliavsky, Anatoly Kuznetsov, S Martynov, Oleg Mokshantsev and Vsevolod Yakut. Ten minutes. Colour. / Polygon is based on Gansovsky's short story "Poligon" (1966 Vokrug sveta #9; trans Matthew J O'Connell as "The Proving Ground" in View from Another Shore, anth 1973, ed Franz Rottensteiner; trans ...

Children of the Night

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine printed on middle-grade paper. Published by Derek Jensen. Editors: Derek Jensen and Matthew Le Master. Ten issues, 1975 to 1985. / A high-quality fanzine with a very irregular schedule, this title carried a great deal of material on the performer Christopher Lee plus considerable amount of coverage of sf films and Television, the latter including such productions as the series Space: 1999 (1975-1977). Among the films examined were Jaws (1975), ...

Franklin, Stephen

(1922-1985) Canadian journalist and author, in whose Knowledge Park (1972), the Ontario-Quebec border north of Lake Abitibi houses a community of conjoined libraries in an edificial Keep known as the Igloos of Minerva which comes to contain the shared memories of human civilization. [JC]

Monitors, The

Film (1969). Bell & Howell Productions/Commonwealth United/Second City. Directed by Jack Shea. Written by Myron J Gold, based on The Monitors (1966) by Keith Laumer. Cast includes Ed Begley (cameo), Sherry Jackson, Susan Oliver, Avery Schreiber, Guy Stockwell and Keenan Wynn (cameo). 92 minutes. Colour. / Filled with bizarre jokes and moments of stunning banality, this film – or string of revue sketches – made in Chicago by the Second City cabaret troupe, concerns an ...

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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