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Weinbaum, Batya

Working name of US critic, academic, poet, editor and author Betty Susan Weinbaum (1952-    ), most of her work being focused on women's studies (see Feminism) within and without the regions of Speculative Fiction, or more broadly Fantastika. She founded and edits the feminist journal Femspec, which publishes fiction and nonfiction, also editing a selection from its first years, Feminist Voices: The Best of Femspec's Creative Work: The First Ten Years (anth 2013). Her own ...

Groves, Jay

(1922-2010) US teacher of history and economics, and author whose short sf novel – featuring the landing of a flying saucer (see UFOs) – is Fireball at the Lake: A Story of Encounter with Another World (1967). [JC]

Orczy, Baroness

Working name of Hungarian-born illustrator and author Baroness Emmuska Magdalena Rosalia Maria Josefa Barbara Orczy (1865-1947), in the UK from about 1880, though much of her time was spent in France; her first given name was also rendered as Emma, which she did not like. After magazine work as an illustrator, she came to fame with The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905), first performed as a play in 1903 and followed by eleven Scarlet Pimpernel sequels. Her sf novel, By the Gods Beloved (1905; vt The ...


Film (2009). Twentieth Century Fox in association with Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Film Partners present a Lightstorm Entertainment production. Written and directed by James Cameron. Cast includes Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington. Original version 162 minutes; 2010 Special Edition 170 minutes. Colour, 3D. / Cameron's first science fiction film since Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), this ...

Messingham, Simon

(?   -    ) UK stage performer and author, in the latter capacity solely of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Strange England (1994), his work tending to explore the nature of Doctor Who in his various incarnations. [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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