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Patel, Carrie

(?   -    ) US games designer and author whose first novel, The Buried Life (2014), set deep Underground underneath a Ruined Earth surface, long after a planetary Disaster; the tale is set in the great City of Recoletta, which has become a centrally-controlled Dystopia, its starkness ameliorated by a Steampunk sense that in Urban Fantasy terms Recoletta is a dark mirror of London [for As Above So Below and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

Hale, John

(1926-    ) UK film director, screenwriter, playwright and author – not to be confused with the historian John Hale, author of Great-Uncle Toby (1951), a Young Adult fantasy – who is of sf interest for The Paradise Man: A Black and White Farce (1969), a Near Future tale in which worldwide Future War is conducted between dominating Black nations and the rest, but according to agreements to maintain the conflict at the level necessary to keep the international ...

VVitch: A New-England Folktale, The

Film (2015; vt The Witch). A24 presents a Parts and Labor, RT Features, Rooks Nest Entertainment, Maiden Voyage Pictures and Mott Street Pictures production in association with Code Red Productions, Scythia Films, Pulse Films and Special Projects. Written and directed by Robert Eggers. Cast includes Wahab Chaudhry, Lucas Dawson, Kate Dickie, Ellie Grainger, Ralph Ineson, Harvey Scrimshaw and Anya Taylor-Joy. 93 minutes. Colour. / The Gods and Demons of the Puritan Religion destroy a family ...

Dvorkin, David

(1943-    ) UK-born author, long in the USA, father of Daniel Dvorkin; first novel of strong interest, after the unremarkable The Children of Shiny Mountain (1977; vt Shiny Mountain 1978) and The Green God (1979), was Time for Sherlock Holmes (1983). This Recursive tale takes the detective Sherlock Holmes, who has found the secret of eternal youth, through a tortuous plot (much Time Travel is involved) from the time of H G Wells (concerned at Professor Moriarty's theft of ...

University of Sydney Library

Host to one of the world's biggest institutional collections of sf and fantasy (65,000+ items); it is surprising to find such a thing in Australia, a country where sf plays only a minimal role in academic curricula. The collection is part of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, and is publicly accessible. It was begun in 1974, and dramatically expanded in 1979 when bequeathed the huge collection of Ron Graham, the very active sf fan who had published Vision of Tomorrow (1969-1970). A ...

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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