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Farthing

UK Digest-size Semiprozine, side-stapled, issues ranging between 70 and 96 pages, edited by Wendy Bradley. It ran for five full issues, July 2005 to January 2007, plus a mini-issue numbered 4.5 (December 2006). The title was ambiguous, not only implying the old British coin, the farthing, which was the smallest denomination, thus implying a small magazine, but also meaning "far thing", which adequately describes the contents. Running both sf and fantasy, the stories ranged from the endearing to ...

Long, Doug

(?   -    ) Canadian author of Fireball (1977) with Vic Mayhew, in which an Asteroid is discovered to be on target to hit Earth, causing a planetary Disaster. [JC]

Gattaca

Film (1997). Columbia Pictures presents a Jersey Films production. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Cast includes Loren Dean, Ethan Hawke, Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Gore Vidal. 106 minutes. Colour. / In a future where Genetic Engineering allows children to be optimized at conception and Eugenic DNA screening is routine in elite employment, a naturally conceived untouchable (Hawke) colludes with a crippled genetic patrician to fake his identity and win a place in the space programme, ...

Bailey, Paul

(1906-1987) US osteopath, publisher, editor and author of novels and nonfiction set in the American West, often on Mormon themes, though his relationship with the authorities governing that religion cooled after he wrote For Time and All Eternity (1964) about the ticklish issue of polygamy; his sf novel, Deliver Me from Eva (1946), deals with the complications ensuing from the hero's osteopath father-in-law's capacity (though legless he is very powerful) to increase Intelligence artificially ...

Parnov, Eremei

(1935-2009) Russian scientist and author, almost all of whose sf of interest was published in collaboration with Mikhail Emtsev (whom see for details). After the partnership broke up in 1970, Parnov published some further work, like Prosnis' V Famaguste ["Wake up in Famagusta"] (1985), which mixes Eastern mysticism and Alien encounters in a formula adventure plot. Some superficial sf criticism appears in Fantastika V Vek NTR ["SF in the Age of Scientific Revolution"] (1974) and Zerkalo Uranii ...

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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