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Moffitt, Donald

(1931-2014) US author who started publishing work of genre interest with "The Devil's Due" for Fantastic in May 1960. His first outright sf novel is The Jupiter Theft (1977), a tale which established him as an author of numerate, physics-oriented, fast-moving Hard-SF adventures (see Jupiter). After some years of silence came the Genesis series – The Genesis Quest (1986) and Second Genesis (1986) – which demonstrates a competence with the mythopoeically large scales and calculations ...

Train, Arthur

(1875-1945) US author and lawyer, best known for work outside the sf field, particularly his legal series about the lawyer Ephraim Tutt. Some of the stories assembled in Mortmain (coll 1907) – including the title story, "Mortmain" (2 June 1906 Saturday Evening Post), in the magazine where most of his fiction first appeared – verge on sf. In the first volume of Benjamin Hooker sequence, The Man Who Rocked the Earth (14-28 November 1914 Saturday Evening Post; 1915) with Robert ...

Métal Hurlant

French Bedsheet-size, glossy colour Comic-strip sf magazine launched January 1975 by Bernard Farkas, Jean-Pierre Dionnet (1947-    ) and illustrators Jean Giraud and Philippe Druillet; published by Les Humanöids Associées. Conceived as a high-quality showcase for the growing number of French sf artists, Métal Hurlant was an instant success, combining many aspects of sf narrative with particular stress on the erotic, the grotesque and the horrific in ...

Skolsky, Syd

(1917-1998) US author, mostly on musical subjects; her sf novel, The Affectionism Society: A Love Story in a Futuristic Setting (1977), is a Near Future First Contact tale in which humans and the Alien Vars begin to understand each other through the problematics of Sex. [JC]

Rocky Horror Picture Show, The

Film (1975). A Lou Adler-Michael White Production/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Jim Sharman. Written by Sharman, O'Brien, based on O'Brien's stage musical The Rocky Horror Show (1973). Cast includes Jonathan Adams, Barry Bostwick, Tim Curry, Charles Gray, Peter Hinwood, Meatloaf, Little Nell (Laura Campbell), Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn and Susan Sarandon. 101 minutes. Colour. / This UK film created little stir when first released in the USA, but by mid-1976 it was attracting large ...

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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