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Wallace, Irving

(1916-1990) US screenwriter and author, active from before World War Two with a series of bestselling novels beginning with The Chapman Report (1961). He is of sf interest for The Three Sirens (1963), a tale with Lost Race implications set in an unknown Polynesian Island whose inhabitants are descendants of an Englishman. His embrace of the mores of those he meets (see Sex) has extravagant consequences in the twentieth century, after a team of Anthropologists arrives. In The Man (1964), a Black ...

April and the Extraordinary World

French-Belgian-Canadian animated film (2015; original title Avril et le Monde truqué). Je Suis Bien Content, StudioCanal, Kaibou Productions, Need Productions, Arte France Ciném, Jouror Distribution, RTBF, Proximus, Tchack. Directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci. Written by Franck Ekinci and Benjamin Legrand. Voice cast includes Benoît Brière, Anne Coesens, Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine and Jean Rochefort. 106 minutes. Colour. / A Steampunk ...

Crowder, Herbert

(1925-    ) US author of two Technothrillers of some sf interest, Weatherhawk (1990), which involves violent intrigue surrounding a prototype plane, and Missile Zone (1991). [JC]

Barba, Harry

(1922-2007) US publisher and author of some nonfiction; his two sf books are a Satire, The Day The World Went Sane (coll 1979), and Round Trip to Byzantium (1985). He was believed to own Harian Creative Press. [JC]

Clarke, Francis H

(?   -?   ) US author whose Morgan Rockefeller's Will: A Romance of 1991-2 (1909) suggests that a member of the John D Rockefeller family might, in 1991, bequeath his Standard Oil fortune to the American government, to be held in trust for the people. His niece, with the aid of a society called Reapers of the World, takes control of these funds and establishes a benevolent socialist Utopia. The interplay between prophecy and history is of some interest. There is ...

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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