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Innerspace

Film (1987). Amblin/Warner Bros. Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser, based on a story by Proser. Cast includes Fiona Lewis, Kevin McCarthy, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short. 120 minutes. Colour. / In this Parody of Fantastic Voyage (1966), tough test pilot Tuck (Quaid) is accidentally injected into feeble Jack (Short) while in a Miniaturized state. Tuck, though tiny, can to a degree control Jack. In a confused and ...

Standiford, Les

(1945-    ) US historian, teacher and author, his best known fiction being the nonfantastic John Deal sequence set in Miami. He is of sf interest for Spill (1991), a Technothriller featuring the loss of a deadly new biological Weapon and the conspiracy between its corporate manufacturers and the American government to conceal a Disaster which may bring about the End of the World. [JC]

Youers, Rio

(1971-    ) UK-born author in Canada for many years; his early work, beginning with Everdead (2008), tends to supernatural horror, an emphasis shifting, in a tale like Point Hollow (2015), to topoi verging on Horror in SF, as a malign entity within a mountain gives small-town Americans a glimpse of some truths about the past. The Forgotten Girl (2017) is a paranormal thriller whose protagonist, attempting to track down a mysterious woman from his past, discovers that she has ...

Fry, Lena Jane

(?   -?   ) US author the larger part of whose Other Worlds [for full title see Checklist] (coll 1905) describes a lightly fictionalized socialist Utopia set on the planet Herschel, named after the composer and astronomer William Herschel (1738-1822), who discovered Uranus; the volume also includes a short story, "The Planet Venus", in which the inhabitants of Venus view Earth through a telescope and lament our shortcomings. [JC]

Pengreep, William

Pseudonym of Australian author William Talbot Pearson (1905-1991), who used this name for his Lost Race novel, The Temple of Sähr (1932), set in the Australian outback, where an unscrupulous scientist uses his Invention, a Ray that induces unconsciousness, to enslave the inhabitants of a previously undiscovered ancient civilization. A Dystopia is created. [JC]

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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