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England, Terry

(1949-    ) US journalist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Jason and the D'Jinn" for Pandora in 1986; his sf novel, Rewind (1997), examines issues of Biology and Paranoia as Aliens – prior to their mysterious departure – transform seventeen human adults into children; the novel concentrates ...

Strachey, John St Loe

(1860-1927) UK journalist, editor (in collaboration with C L Graves) and author of suavely put and extremely influential left-centre opinions; he dominated The Spectator from about 1890 until shortly before his death. This mind-set is reflected in his two books of sf interest: The Great Bread Riots; Or, What Came of Fair Trade (1885 chap) as S L S, a Near Future tale told as from the year 1934, describes the ...

Spiritualised

UK band, formed by and in effect wholly comprising Jason Pierce (1965-    ), who sometimes records under the alias "J. Spaceman". There is a floaty, dreamy quality to much Spiritualised music that is focused sometimes through Religion ("Walking With Jesus", "Angel Sigh", both tracks on 1993's album Fucked Up Inside) and sometimes via sf, or more specifically space travel. The band's third studio album ...

Tarantula

Film (1955). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Martin Berkeley, Robert M Fresco (1930-2014), based on an episode of Science Fiction Theatre titled No Food for Thought (14 May 1955) by Fresco. Cast includes John Agar, Leo G Carroll and Mara Corday. 80 minutes. Black and white. / This better-than-average Monster Movie belongs to the Luddite ...

Bell, Madison Smartt

(1957-    ) US author, most of whose work has been nonfantastic. His second novel Waiting for the End of the World (1985) is, however, an exercise in intermittently postmodern Fantastika (see Postmodernism and SF); its protagonist, who speaks with the devil, plans to explode a nuclear weapon in New York, but instead of accomplishing this goal achieves 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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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