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Wood, Edward D, Jr

(1924-1978) US filmmaker and pulp author monumentalized posthumously for his eccentric lifestyle and surreally inept attempts at genre B-movies, of which especially Glen or Glenda? (1953) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) have attained belated but unassailable cult status. His films are characterized by dreamlike narrative logic, bombastic dialogue, a repertory cast of vivid oddballs (including the elderly Bela Lugosi and the gigantic Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson), and the elevation of ...

Sherred, T L

(1915-1985) US author who worked in Detroit for the auto industry as a technical writer. His production of fiction was small, and First Person, Peculiar (coll 1972) contains all the stories for which he is remembered, most significantly "E for Effort" (May 1947 Astounding), his first published story. It describes, semi-humorously but with a fundamental pessimism, the consequences of a Time Viewer device that permits its users to view past and present events. Its inventor and his associate are ...

Robson, Eddie

(1978-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Light That Never Dies" in Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Dead Men Diaries (anth 2000) edited by Paul Cornell, a volume in the Doctor Who spinoff series Professor Bernice Summerfield to which Robson has contributed several other tales as well as editing the related anthology Present Danger (anth 2010). He has also written several Radio plays for the Doctor Who universe; Welcome to our Village, ...

Memoirs of an Invisible Man

Film (1992). Warner Bros. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Robert Collector, Dana Olson, William Goldman, based on Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1987) by H F Saint. Cast includes Chevy Chase, Daryl Hannah, Michael McKean, Sam Neill and Stephen Tobolowsky. 99 minutes. Colour. / Nick Halloway (Chase), a feckless businessman, is turned invisible by an industrial accident (see Invisibility). The Government, represented by a CIA psycho (Neill), tries to capture Halloway to use him for its ...

Darnay, Arsen

(1936-    ) Hungarian-born author, in the USA from 1953 and a US citizen from 1961. His first sf story, "The Splendid Freedom", appeared in Galaxy in 1974; his first novel, A Hostage for Hinterland (April-July 1975 Galaxy as "Helium"; exp 1976), set the pattern for much of his work: in a Post-Holocaust USA, where floating Cities depend upon land-dwelling ecofreak tribesmen for the helium that cools their reactors, crisis erupts into a bleak and somewhat metaphysical ...

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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