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Congreve, Bill

(1959-    ) Australian writer, editor, critic, bookseller and publisher, married to Michelle Marquardt, who founded the Small Press MirrorDanse Books in 1994. Before this he had had several stories published, starting with "Collector" in Aphelion for Summer 1986/1987, and had edited various Anthologies, the first being Intimate Armageddons (anth 1992). Of particular note is the Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy series which ran for four years between 2005 ...

Meyers, Walter E

(1939-    ) US academic based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A grammarian and medievalist, WEM has also been teaching sf and fantasy since the 1970s (currently with John Kessel). His first book of genre interest, Aliens and Linguists: Language Study and Science Fiction (1980), is an excellent and amusing work on Linguistics in sf; the argument is updated in "The Language and Languages of Science Fiction" in Fictional Space: Essays on Contemporary Science ...

Sidorova, J M

(?   -    ) Russian-born research scientist and author, in the USA from 1990, who began publish work of genre interest with "The Witch, The Tinman, The Flies" in Asimov's for August 2010. Her sf series, the Age of Ice sequence comprising The Age of Ice (2013) and The Colors of Cold: A New Story from the Age of Ice (2013 ebook), examines in sf and "literary" terms the range of implications of ice: the protagonist is conceived in 1740 in an historical ice ...

Cerasini, Marc A

(1952-    ) US author whose work of genre interest began with Robert E Howard (1987) with Charles E Hoffman, a reader's guide to that author; and whose subsequent work has consisted of Ties, beginning with Godzilla Returns (1996). AVP: Alien vs Predator (2004) novelizes the film AVP Alien vs Predator (2004). [JC]

Purple Monster Strikes, The

Serial Film (1945; cut vt D-Day on Mars 1966). Republic Pictures. Produced by Ronald Davidson. Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennett and Fred C Brannon. Written by Royal Cole, Albert DeMond, Basil Dickey, Lynne Perkins, Joseph Poland, and Barney Sarecky. Cast includes Roy Barcroft, James Craven, John Davidson, Bud Geary, Dennis Moore and Linda Stirling. 15 chapters, 201 minutes total. Cut to 100 minutes for television. Black and white. / From his observatory, Dr Cyrus Layton (Craven) sees what ...

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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