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Beyond the Bermuda Triangle

Made-for-tv film (1975; working title Here There Be Dragons). Playboy Productions for NBC-TV. Produced by Ron Roth. Directed by William A Graham. Written by Charles McDaniel. Cast includes Sam Groom, Fred MacMurray, Donna Mills, Dana Plato and Suzanne Reed. 74 minutes. Colour. / Retired businessman and sailing enthusiast Harry Ballinger (MacMurray) becomes interested in the number of aircraft and ships allegedly lost mysteriously in the so-called Bermuda Triangle off the eastern coast of ...

Smith, Phil

(?   -    ) UK illustrator and author; of his three sf novels, The Incredible Melting Man (1978) is a Tie to The Incredible Melting Man (1978); The Resurrection Machine (1978) and The Saxonbury Printout (1979) both play with cosmic themes: resurrection and time-space confusions. [JC]

King, Rufus

(1893-1966) US author, mostly of detective fiction, in whose complicated sf novel, The Fatal Kiss Mystery (1928), two young lovers are entangled and separated and reunited by an Invention the formula for whose development they find in a trunk and whose effect – the total disappearance of those exposed to its rays – is explained either in terms of Invisibility or other Dimensions or both. Another world is in fact discovered, containing what may be the last survivor of a Lost Race. ...

Flash Fiction

A currently popular term for very short stories, formerly known as short-shorts or vignettes. Definitions vary; the acceptable length may approach 1000 words but is generally much less. Several publishers of Print Magazines liked short-shorts as a means of filling awkward spaces; they have grown more rather than less popular in the online twenty-first century, where Twitter users were long accustomed to compress significant meaning into 140-character tweets. Flash fiction is of course far from ...

Dalos, György

(1943-    ) Hungarian translator and author, who suffered the usual persecutions (he was expelled from the Communist Party in 1968 as a "dissident") before writing 1985: A Historical Report (Hongkong 2036) from the Hungarian of * * * (trans from manuscript by Stuart Hood and Estella Schmid 1983), a tale only appeared in Hungary, and in its original language, in 1990, after the collapse of Soviet rule. It is an extremely sprightly Satire on conditions in his native land, in ...

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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