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Schorer, Mark

(1908-1977) US author and academic, little associated with the literatures of the fantastic except for some stories with August Derleth, with whom he shared a birth city as well as attendance at the University of Wisconsin, where they wrote sf like "Riders in the Sky" (May 1928 Weird Tales), about Moon dwellers who come down to Earth to eat folk. Some of their later work was assembled as Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People (coll 1966) with August Derleth. [JC]

Simms, William A

(?   -    ) US musician and author whose first novel, Zuro!: A Tale of Alien Avengers (1996), is sf, based on the off-planet origin of Homo sapiens, whites from the planet Cyripton and Blacks from Zuro. An Alien delegation from Zuro, shocked by the disparity between the races (see Race in SF), finds that it must impose equality by force. [JC]

Doppelgangers

Literally, "double-walkers". To meet one's own supernatural double (or Scots "fetch") was traditionally an unlucky or fatal portent; a well-known treatment of this theme is Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "William Wilson" (in The Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present, anth 1839 dated 1840), a tale that manifests the recurrent, compulsive focus of the Gothic (see Gothic SF) on Doppelgangers. Even when rationalized through sf devices – typically Time Travel – such encounters can ...

Kenin, Millea

(1942-1992) US editor, publisher, anthologist, poet and author active in Fandom, who began to release stories of genre interest with "The Knight of the Road" in Potboiler for February 1982. Under her birth name Millea Levin she was founder-editor of the Poetry journal Sciamachy (1960-1964), contributors with entries in this encyclopedia including John Clute and Thomas M Disch. As Kenin, she was founder-editor of Owlflight (which see), whose five issues appeared from 1981 to 1986. Her Anthology ...

Delicatessen

Film (1990). Constellation/UCG/Hachette Premiere with the collaboration of Sofinergie/Sofinergie 2/Investimage 2/Investimage 3. Directed and written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Cast includes Marie-Laure Dougnac, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Ticky Holgado, Jacques Mathou, Dominique Pinon, Anne-Marie Pisani, Rufus, and Karin Viard. 99 minutes. Colour. / This French film is an Absurdist fable about Post-Holocaust life in a small, decrepit town. The setting is enclosed; little is intimated ...

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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