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Jenkins, T M

(?   -    ) UK journalist now in the USA, whose The Waking (2006) begins as a medical thriller about Cloning, but soon expands into a complex murder mystery set in 2070. The Immortalists (2008) also moves some distance from its beginnings in the medical hunt for Immortality. [JC]

Appel, Benjamin

(1907-1977) US author, long and variously active, known mainly for such work outside the sf field as Brain Guy (1934) and The Raw Edge (1958). In his sf novel, The Funhouse (1959; vt The Death Master 1974), satirical (see Satire) and Linguistic sideshows sometimes illuminate the story of two Utopias as the Chief of Police from the anti-technological Reservation is called upon to save a future America (the Computer-dominated Funhouse) from atomic demolition. The Devil and W. Kaspar (1977), a ...

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman

Made-for-tv movie (1993), first screened December 1993. Home Box Office/Warner Bros Television/Bartleby Ltd. Produced by Debra Hill. Directed by Christopher Guest. Written by Joseph Dougherty, based on the screenplay of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) written by Mark Hanna. Cast includes Daniel Baldwin, Christi Conaway, Frances Fisher, Daryl Hannah and William Windom. 89 minutes. Colour. / This is a remake of a rather dim affair from 1958 with (approximately) the same title, directed by ...

Mikaelsen, Ben

(1952-    ) Bolivian-born Danish author, in the US from an early age, who work consists mostly of Young Adult novels; Countdown (1996), which is set in the Near Future, explores culture tensions and personal growth through initially disputatious conversations between a young astronaut and an African lad aspiring to a compassionate life. [JC]

Kennedy, Kathryne

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Elf Critic" in Alternate Hilarities #3 for 1992. She is the author of several paranormal romance novels and historical fantasies [neither The Elven Lords sequence nor The Relics of Merlin sequence is listed below], and is of sf interest for Beneath the Thirteen Moons (2003) a romantic Planetary Romance set on a water world where humans struggle to survive Under the Sea (see ...

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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