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St Clair, Margaret

(1911-1995) US author, usually under her own married name, though she wrote a series of elegant stories in the 1950s as by Idris Seabright, and had one tale published in 1952 under the House Name Wilton Hazzard. Her sf career began with "Rocket to Limbo" for Fantastic Adventures in November 1946, and by 1950 she had published about thirty stories, most of them vigorous adventures in a strongly coloured idiom, some of them being Planetary Romances; a magazine series, the Oona and Jik tales ...

Collins, Bridget

(1981-    ) UK actor and author active in the latter capacity, usually as by B R Collins, from the publication of The Traitor Game (2008), the first of several Young Adult novels, some containing fantasy elements. She is of wider interest for her two adult novels. The Binding (2019) is a fantasy about the ability of Story to tell the life of its teller. The Betrayals (2020) is no more fantasy than Hermann Hesse's Das Glasperlenspiel (1943 2vols; trans M Savill as Magister ...

Fialko, Nathan

(1881-1960) Soviet author, resident in the USA from 1903, whose uneven sf novel, Novyĭ Grad (The New City) (1925; trans and rev Fialko as The New City: A Story of the Future 1937), depicts first Soviet then US society, taking a firmly Dystopian view of both, life in the Epoch of Regularity governing a Near Future USSR being savagely regimented, and class wars torturing America. Yevgeny Zamiatin's We (1924) has plausibly been suggested as influencing this work. [JC]

Higginson, S J

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, A Princess of Java: A Tale of the Far East (1887; vt Java: The Pearl of the East 2007), the race in question found in the interior of the eponymous Island. [JC]

Zítra Vstanu a Opařím Se Čajem

Film (1977; vt Tomorrow I'll Wake up and Scald Myself with Tea). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Jindřich Polák. Written by Polák, Miloš Macourek, based on a story by Josef Nesvadba. Cast includes Vlastimil Brodský, Petr Kostka, Vladimír Menšík and Jiří Sovák. 90 minutes. Colour. / Not widely known in the West (although it has been given a UK Television showing), this Czech production is one of the most ...

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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