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Sjón

Pseudonym of Icelandic singer-songwriter, poet and author Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (1962-    ), who has performed with the rock band The Sugarcubes as Johnny Triumph, and with Björk under his own name; he has been active as a poet since the later 1970s, beginning to publish prose fiction a decade later with Stálnótt ["Night of Steel"] (1987), where Icelandic Mythology and rock (see Music; SF Music) "speak" to one another. The exploration and ...

Land that Time Forgot, The

1. Film (1975). Amicus. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Michael Moorcock, James Cawthorn, adapted from The Land that Time Forgot (stories September-November 1918 Blue Book; fixup 1924) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Doug McClure, John McEnery and Susan Penhaligon. 95 minutes. Colour. / This UK film was the first of three Lost-World Burroughs adaptations produced by Amicus, the others being At the Earth's Core (1976) and The People that Time Forgot (1977). A German U-boat ...

Ruff, Matt

(1965-    ) US author whose first novel, Fool on the Hill (1988), a fantasy set on a magic-irradiated college campus, was much influenced by previous models – some cited in the text – from John Crowley to Thomas Pynchon. His second, Sewer, Gas, and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy (1996), is an Equipoisal gonzo sf novel set in Near Future Manhattan (see New York), where a "Tower of Babel" is being constructed for a man named Harry Gant (his noir detective ...

Stranger from Venus

Film (1954; vt Immediate Disaster; vt The Venusian US). Princess Pictures/Vitapix Corporation (US)/Rich and Rich Ltd. Produced by Burt Balaban and Gene Martel. Directed by Balaban. Written by Hans Jacoby from a story by Desmond Leslie. Cast includes Helmut Dantine, Cyril Luckham and Patricia Neal. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Driving near a small English village, Susan North (Neal) is distracted by something descending to earth; she crashes and is seriously injured. What has descended is ...

Aiken, Joan

(1924-2004) UK author, daughter of Conrad Aiken, stepdaughter of Martin Armstrong [for both men see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and sister of John Aiken; best known as a highly prolific author of fantasy for children and Young Adult readers. Almost none of her many adult novels contain explicit fantasy content, though some have supernatural implications; of these titles, Castle Barebane (1976) is a streamlined Gothic and The Haunting of Lamb House (coll of linked stories ...

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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