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Crater Lake Monster, The

Film (1977). Crown International Pictures. Produced by William R Stromberg. Directed by Stromberg. Dinosaur animation by David Allen and Jim Danforth (uncredited). Written by Stromberg and Richard Cardella from their original story. Cast includes Richard Cardells, Bob Hyman, Glen Roberts, Sonny Shepard and Mark Siegel. 85 minutes. Colour. / Near Crater Lake, California (not the implied Crater Lake, Oregon) a pair of young college students show Scientist Richard "Doc" Calkins (Hyman) an ...

Cadigan, Pat

Working name of US author Patricia Oren Kearney Cadigan (1953-    ), who began publishing sf with "Death from Exposure" for Shayol #2, February 1978; this Semiprozine, which she edited throughout its existence (1977-1985), was remarkable both for the quality of stories it published and for its production values. She later assembled much of her best shorter work in Patterns: Stories (coll 1989), where its cumulative effect is very considerable; later stories appear in Home by ...


US tv series (2006-2012). NBC Universal Television for The Sci Fi Channel. Created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia. Producers include Paglia and Robert Petrovicz. Writers include Cosby, Paglia, Thania St. John, and Bruce Miller. Directors include Mike Rohl, Michael Lange, Michael Robinson, and Matthew Hastings. Cast includes Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter, Jordan Hinson as Zoe Carter, Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Joe Morton as Henry Deacon, Erica Cerra as Jo Lupo, Neil Grayston ...

Tanner, Ron

(1953-    ) US teacher, musician and author whose short fiction is usually nonfantastic though fruitfully exorbitant; his sf novel, Kiss Me, Stranger: An Illustrated Novel (2011), is a Satire set in a balkanized Dystopian America at a point seemingly close to the End of the World; attempting to keep her family together, the female protagonist runs through a gamut of experiences from apocalyptic hilarity (Tanner has been likened more than once to Kurt Vonnegut) to grim ...

Hoobler, Dorothy

(1941-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction in collaboration with her husband, Thomas Hoobler, whom see for details. [JC]

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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