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Montgomery, Frances Trego

(1858-1925) US author, mostly of books for children, best known for tales about Billy Whiskers, a goat. Her Electric Elephant sequence – The Wonderful Electric Elephant (1903) and On a Lark to the Planets: A Sequel to the "Wonderful Electric Elephant" (1904) – describes in a Dime-Novel manner the Edisonade of a young man who encounters an elephant in the Rockies and immediately tries to kill it, only to discover that it is mechanical, hollow, and contains its inventor (see ...

Holland, Stephen

(1962-    ) UK bibliographer and critic who has also scripted some Comics, including a 1989 story for The Cursed Land and a 1990 story for Computer Killer. His main work has been in the almost infinitely perplexing field of post-World War Two UK paperback publishers and authors, and he has done much to clarify the two decades after 1945, a period rife with pseudonymous titles, ephemeral publications, fly-by-night publishers and reticent authors. His bibliographical studies, ...

Algol

US Semiprozine (1963-1984) edited from New York by Andrew Porter, subtitled "The Magazine about Science Fiction". Algol began as a duplicated Fanzine but in the 1970s became an attractive printed magazine in letter-size format, published four times a year. With #34, Spring 1979, it changed its name to Starship; it ceased publication with #44, Winter/Spring 1984, its twentieth-anniversary issue. / Algol ran articles on sf and sf publishing, interviews with authors, and reviews and texts of ...

Reign of Fire

Film (2002). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg from a story by Chabot and Peterka. Cast includes Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, Scott James Moutter and Izabella Scorupco. 102 minutes. Colour. / Underground works in Near Future London wake a long dormant dragon, and soon the world is swarming with them. Twenty years later the Monsters have hunted humans ...

I, Robot

Film (2004). Twentieth Century Fox/Davis Entertainment. Directed by Alex Proyas. Bruce Greenwood. Written by Jeff Vintar, Akiva Goldsman, based on I, Robot (coll 1950) by Isaac Asimov. Cast includes Bridget Moynahan, Will Smith and Alan Tudyk. 115 minutes. Colour. / In the decades since the publication of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot (coll 1950), rumours often appeared of a possible cinematic adaptation of the revered story collection. Harlan Ellison famously wrote a screenplay, much praised by ...

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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