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Jenkins, T M

(?   -    ) UK journalist now in the USA, whose The Waking (2006) begins as a medical thriller about Cloning, but soon expands into a complex murder mystery set in 2070. The Immortalists (2008) also moves some distance from its beginnings in the medical hunt for Immortality. [JC]

Outer Limits: An Illustrated Review, The

US oversize Fanzine, roughly 27 x 21 inches published in similar format to a trade paperback. Scorpio 13 Publishing. Publisher/Editor: Ted C Rypel. Two numbered, undated issues, 1977. The intended publication schedule was quarterly. / Focused on The Outer Limits (1963-1965), this was perhaps the first US fanzine dedicated to an sf Television series other than Star Trek (1966-1969). It launched with overly ambitious plans; though the quality was excellent, only two of a planned four issues ...

Newman, Sandra

(1965-    ) US author whose later fiction is oF sf interest, though her earlier work edges deftly out of mimetic constraints, an instance being her first novel, The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (2002), whose hallucinatedly fragmented narrative renders a dislocated America almost graphically enough to register as an exercise in Fantastika. Her third novel, The Country of Ice Cream Star (2014), is set in a moderately distant Near Future Ruined Earth version of America; ...

Chaviano, Daína

(1957-    ) Daína Chaviano is one of the most relevant Cuban authors today. Her career as a writer begun in sf and fantasy, but after moving to Miami in 1991 she became mostly a mainstream writer. However, she has never abandoned her commitment to fantasy, and has re-edited all her sf works outside of Cuba. / In 1979, Chaviano became the first author to win the sf edition of the prestigious David Award for new writers with the collection Los mundos que amo ["The ...

Stranger from Venus

Film (1954; vt Immediate Disaster; vt The Venusian US). Princess Pictures/Vitapix Corporation (US)/Rich and Rich Ltd. Produced by Burt Balaban and Gene Martel. Directed by Balaban. Written by Hans Jacoby from a story by Desmond Leslie. Cast includes Helmut Dantine, Cyril Luckham and Patricia Neal. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Driving near a small English village, Susan North (Neal) is distracted by something descending to earth; she crashes and is seriously injured. What has descended is ...

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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