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Murzilka na Sputnike

["Murzilka on the Satellite"] Russian film (1960). A Soyuzmultfilm production. Directed by Yevgeny Raikovsky and Boris Stepantsev. Written by Yevgeny Agranovich, Lev Arkadyev and Raisa Frichinskaya. Animated by Galina Barinova, Alexander Beliakov, Vladimir Karp, Fedor Khitruk, Victor Likhachev, Victor Nikitin, Anatoly Petrov, Anatoly Savchenko, I Sidorova, Tatiana Taranovich and Vladimir Zarubin. Part of the Priklyucheniya Murzilki ["Murzilka's Adventures"] series of short films, preceded by ...

Boulle, Pierre

(1912-1994) French author who trained as an electrical engineer and spent eight years in Malaysia as a planter and soldier. His experience of the Orient permeated much of his early work, which was generally not sf; Le pont sur la rivière Kwaï (1952; trans Xan Fielding as The Bridge on the River Kwai 1954) remains his best-known novel. Boulle uses moral fable to pinpoint human absurdities, and his relatively large body of work in the sf genre is a good illustration of this method. La ...

Stab, Martin J

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, Eden-459 (2002), based on the premise that after the 1947 UFO landings in Roswell Aliens have infiltrated human society; as the story develops, with Earth being threatened by an Asteroid, the children of these aliens are locked into a one-way voyage to another planet, with consequences for the entire galaxy. [JC]

Monteiro, Jerônymo

(1908-1970) Brazilian author and editor who was in a certain sense the first sf fan in Brazil. He was hooked as a child through H G Wells's books, and in his first sf stories he used the pseudonym "Ronnie Wells". Under this name, he wrote the adventures of the hugely popular detective Dick Peter in a radio show which lasted several years from 1937 on. Later, Dick Peter's exploits were collected in book form; they are Pulpish tales aimed at teenagers, most of them crime thrillers set in New ...

Waldrop, Howard

(1946-    ) US author, an important member of the Texas-based school of sf writers, much of whose early work was set in the American South. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Lunchbox" for Analog in May 1972, reportedly John W Campbell Jr's last (and perhaps least typical) discovery before he died with the tale still in manuscript. His first novel, The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (1974) with Jake Saunders, is set in a balkanized Post-Holocaust America after World ...

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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