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Rice, Anne

Working name of US author Howard Allen Frances O'Brien Rice (1941-2021), mother of Christopher Rice; her career as a prominent and esteemed producer of fantasy and horror fiction began with the first volume of the Vampire Chronicles sequence, Interview with the Vampire (1976), whose depiction of Vampire culture, and of individual vampire Antiheroes, proved very significant for that literature. Through complex veils of romanticism and eros (see Sex), her vampires soon came to be understood as ...

Kelley, Thomas P

(1905-1982) Canadian prizefighter, circa 1927-1929 under the name Tommy Kelley, and author, by his own description "King of the Canadian pulp writers", mostly of adventure fiction and "true crime", under his own name and a variety of pseudonyms, including Gene Bannerman, Roy P Devlin and Valentine North. Some of his novels are of sf interest. I Found Cleopatra (November 1938-February 1939 Weird Tales; cut 1946; text restored 1977) is a Lost World tale set Underground where a race, which has ...

Dulac, Odette

Pseudonym of French opera singer, songwriter, sculptor and author Jeanne Latrilhe (1865-1939); in the first capacity, she starred most frequently in French operettas, as well as maintaining a cabaret career, until 1904. Active as an author of fiction and nonfiction from before World War One, she published one tale of sf interest, Tel qui l'est! (1926; trans Brian Stableford as The War of the Sexes 2015), in which explorations into exorbitances of sexual Biology, along with a touch of Theosophy, ...

Enstrom, Robert

(1946-    ) US industrial chemist and author whose first novel, Encounter Program (1977), attempts to deal with a late-century sf problem – how to cope with Aliens when we encounter them – in an idiom derived from Space Operas published 50 years earlier, when the problem was easier to solve. Beta Colony (1980), in which a colony planet attempts to re-colonize Ruined Earth, is moderately less stiff in its depiction of the savagely degraded culture that has ...

Lost Missile, The

Film (1958). William Berke Productions, Inc/United Artists. Produced by William A Berke and Leo Gordon. Directed by Lester William Berke. Written by Jerome Bixby, and John McPartland from an original story by Lester William Berke. Special effects by Jack Glass. Cast includes Robert Loggia, Ellen Parker and Phillip Pine. Narrator: Lawrence Dobkin. 70 minutes. Black and white. / An unidentified missile or missile-like object is detected in near-Earth orbit, with strongly implications of ...

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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