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Haseley, Dennis

(1950-    ) US psychotherapist and author who specialized for many years in picture books, the most ambitious of which – like Ghost Catcher (graph 1989), about a man without a shadow who retrieves people from the brink of death – are of general interest. Typically of this author, Dr Gravity (1992), a Young Adult novel, describes the consequences on others of exceptional individuals, in this case a man ...

Ash Ra Tempel

German space rock band formed by Manuel Göttsching (1952-    ) and Klaus Schulze, although Schulze's presence in the group has been intermittent. The group's eponymous first release Ash Ra Tempel (1971) is a classic of "krautrock": lengthy and mostly improvisatory rock with loosely astral themes and titles – the band's name positions their work in hierophantic relation to the ...

Lewis, Leon

Working name of US author Julius Warren Lewis (1833-1920), who called himself "the Dumas of America", and who recorded himself on census returns as Leon Lewis; much of his early work was done in collaboration with his wife, the romance author Harriet Lewis (1841-1878). Amongst his many dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF), he is known to have written two Lost-Race tales: The Diamond Seeker of Brazil (1891), set in ...

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Film (2004). Focus Features presents an Anonymous Content production in association with This is That. Directed by Michel Gondry. Written by Charlie Kaufman; story by Kaufman, Gondry, & Pierre Bismuth. Cast includes Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Wilkinson, Kate Winslet and Elijah Wood. 108 minutes. Colour. / Joel Barish (Carrey) character discovers that his girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski (Winslet) has had her memories of him ...

Rendal, Justine

(1948-2004) US author born Randy Goldfield who changed her name legally to Justine Olivia Rendal; in her Young Adult sf tale, A Very Personal Computer (2004), an adolescent in crisis is helped by his Computer, which contains a seemingly sentient program or AI called Conner, which guides him through his difficult times. [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 ...

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