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Fagan, Oisin

(?1991-    ) Irish author whose first book, The Hierophants (2016 chap), a self-reflexive fable conspicuously evocative of the work of Flann O'Brien. His first full-length title, Hostages (coll of linked stories 2016), exuberantly mixes Irish Mythology, spoofed Myth of Origin tropes [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], Dystopia, and (again spoofed) Young Adult settings – in this case a semi-rural secondary (or high) school in the village of Moynalvey ...

Wise, Robert A

Pseudonym of Austrian-born author Fred J [or O] Gebhardt (1925-1972), mostly in US, whose sf novel was the routine 12 to the Moon (1961) for Badger Books. This novelized the equally routine film 12 to the Moon (1960) directed by David Bradley from this author's original story as Fred Gebhardt; he also used his real name as screenwriter for The Phantom Planet (1961) directed by William Marshall. / He should not be confused with the film director Robert Wise. [JC]

Kennedy, James

(1973-    ) US software engineer and author whose first novel, The Order of Odd-Fish (2008), is a Young Adult fantasy whose orphan protagonist begins to come of age through a Fantastic Journey through an exorbitant Wonderland expectedly in search of her true nature, which she finds. Kennedy is of interest for his second novel, Dare to Know (2021), in which the Discovery of a subatomic particle dubbed the thanaton (see Imaginary Science) leads to a Dystopian world in which ...


Film (1961; vt I Was a Teenage Gorilla). Anglo Amalgamated American International Pictures. Produced by Herman Cohen, Nathan Cohen and Stuart Levy (uncredited). Directed by John Lemont. Written by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel from their original idea. Cast includes Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Michael Gough and Margo Johns. 90 minutes. Colour. / Botanist Dr Charles Decker (Gough) is discovered alive after disappearing in an aeroplane crash in Africa. Returning to a warm welcome in London, he ...

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Film (2019). Marvel Studios, Columbia Pictures, Pascal Pictures. Directed by Jon Watts. Written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Cast includes Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, J B Smoove, Cobie Smulders, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei and Zendaya. 129 minutes. Colour. / Marvel staple Nick Fury (Jackson) investigates attacks from the Earth and Air Elementals which were foiled by Quentin Beck ...

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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