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Morrow, James

(1947-    ) US author who lectured and taught in the 1970s, served as a contributing editor to Media and Methods magazine 1978-1980, and produced material for Boston television 1979-1984. His first book was Moviemaking Illustrated: The Comicbook Filmbook (1973). Through the 1980s he produced several textbooks for children, along with at least five children's novels beginning with The Quasar Kids (1987). Unsurprisingly, his first sf novel, The Wine of Violence (1981), shows ...


Film (2011). Relativity in association with Virgin Produced presents a Rogue/Many Rivers/Boy of the Year production in association with Intermedia Film. Directed by Neil Burger. Written by Leslie Dixon, based on the novel The Dark Fields (2001) by Alan Glynn. Cast includes Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert de Niro, Anna Friel and Andrew Howard. 105 minutes. Colour. / A blocked sf novelist acquires an illicit stash of genius (and eidetic-Memory) pills and reinvents himself as a financial ...

Ulbach, Louis

(1822-1889) French author, prolific in various genres from around 1844, well known for polemical satires as by Ferragus which targeted both the political left and right. Of sf interest are the tales assembled in Le Prince Bonifacio; La dame blanche de Bade; Le petit homme rouge; Le démon du laco (coll 1864; trans Brian Stableford with added stories as Prince Bonifacio and Other Stories coll 2013). "Le Prince Bonifacio" (in L'Isle des Rêves, coll 1860) is in part a political Satire, ...

Napier, Bill

Working name of Scottish astronomer and author William M Napier (1940-    ), whose several Technothrillers teasingly approach genuine sf patterns of cognition, but generally baulk from taking them as the burden of the tales told; the titles closest to full sf include Nemesis (1998) and The Lure (2002), the former featuring a threatened US Asteroid impact with devious political complications, while the latter invokes Alien attempts to establish Communication with humans. The ...

Conquistador de la Luna

["Conqueror of the Moon"] Mexican film (1960; vt The Astronauts). Producciones Sotomayor. Directed by Rogelio A González. Written by José Maria Fernández Unsáin and Francisco Verala. Cast includes Antonio "Clavillazo" Espino, Ramiro Gamboa, Alicia Moreno, Alberto Pedret, Ana Luisa Peluffo, Óscar Ortiz de Pinedo, Alejandro Reyna and Andrés Soler. 80 minutes. Black and white. / As a Scientist (Soler) prepares to launch his Spaceship to the Moon, his ...

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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