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Bishop, K J

(1972-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Art of Dying" for Aurealis in 1997, which with other stories was assembled as That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote (coll 2012). She came into sudden recognition with her first novel, The Etched City (2003; rev 2004), a tale whose venue shares with the earlier work of M John Harrison a culture and a poisonous City at its heart where magic and Technology are not easily distinguished; balancing ...

Sunn Classic Pictures

US film production and distribution company founded in 1971 by Rayland Jensen and based in Park City, near Salt Lake City, Utah: it was a subsidiary of the Schick razor company (and was sometimes called Schick Sunn Classic Pictures). In 1980 the company was bought by Taft Broadcasting, eventually being renamed Taft International Pictures, until being subsumed into another company in 1987. Sunn Classic made and distributed family films and were early users of audience testing to shape a film's ...

Houser, Lionel

(1908-1949) US screenwriter, film producer and author of the medical fantasy Caress and Farewell (1934), in which a female surgeon attempts to create a custom lover whose short life will be utterly dedicated to her (see Medicine). [DRL]

Middleman, The

US tv series (2008). Created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach for ABC Family. Producers include Grillo-Marxuach, Shane Keller, and John Ziffren. Directors include Jeremiah S Chechik and Michael Zinberg. Writers include Grillo-Marxuach, Les McClaine, and Andy Reaser. Cast includes Matt Keeslar as The Middleman, Natalie Morales as Wendy Watson, Brit Morgan as Lacey Thornfield, Mary Pat Gleason as Ida, and Jake Smollett as Noser. 12 one-hour episodes produced. / Based on the Comic-book series by ...

Maddox, Tom

Working name of US author Daniel Thomas Maddox (1945-    ) who began publishing polished short stories with "The Mind Like a Strange Balloon" for Omni in June 1985. His only novel to date, Halo (1991), moves from a Cyberpunk Earth to a Space Habitat, engaging en route in an intense contemplation of the nature of artificial intelligence (see AI; Cybernetics; Robots) in a Virtual-Reality environment. The tale is intermittently hectic, but charged with energy. Maddox has ...

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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