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Taylor, Isaac

(1787-1865) UK author, also known as Isaac Taylor of Stanford Rivers, one of several children of Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), an engraver and author with whom his son should not be confused, a task with some difficulty as the younger Isaac Taylor often published anonymously, as did his several siblings (almost all of whom were authors) including Jefferys Taylor; he followed this practice with The Temple of Melekartha (1831 3vols) anonymous, a long disquisitional tale at the heart of which may be ...

Before I Hang

Film (1940). Columbia Pictures Corporation. Produced by Wallace MacDonald (uncredited). Directed by Nick Grinde. Written by Robert D Andrews from an original story by Andrews and Karl Brown. Cast includes Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes and Edward Van Sloan. 62 minutes. Black and white. / Dr John Garth (Karloff) is working to reverse the ageing process (see Rejuvenation), His research is interrupted by his conviction of murder after assisting the death of an elderly, terminally ill friend whose ...

Sherrell, Carl

(1929-1990) US commercial artist and, later, author whose novels are essentially fantasies, with the exception of the unremarkable The Space Prodigal (1981), a Space Opera with a haunted, roaming anti-hero (see Heroes). His fantasies are the Raum sequence – Raum (1977) and Skraelings (1987), Raum being a similar anti-hero – plus Arcane (1978) and The Curse (1989). [JC]

Björk

Björk Guðmundsdóttir (1965-    ) Icelandic singer and composer, widely celebrated for her idiosyncratic vocal style and a left-field eccentricity of musical focus that often shades into sf; she has worked on occasion with the singer-songwriter and author Sjón between 1995 and 2011. "Human Behaviour", her first hit (from Debut, 1993) takes the position of a Machine ingenuously baffled by Homo sapiens. Post (1995) evidences a fascination with ...

Nomad Soul, The

Videogame (1999; vt Omikron: The Nomad Soul in the US). Quantic Dream. Designed by David Cage. Platforms: Win (1999), DC (2000). / The Nomad Soul is a Science and Sorcery action-Adventure, set in a Parallel World which fuses a somewhat routine Cyberpunk background with ritual magic and supernatural predators (see Gods and Demons). As in the Manhunter series, the action and Adventure aspects are unusually disjunct; in this game most of the player's time is spent exploring the world, talking ...

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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