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Marbo, Camille

Pseudonym of French journalist, editor and author Marguerite Appell Borel (1883-1969), awarded the Prix Femina in 1913 for her first novel, La Statue voilée ["The Veiled Statue"] (1913). In her sf novel, Le survivant (1918; trans Frank Hunter Potter as The Man Who Survived 1918), a soldier fatally wounded in the first days of World War One awakens to discover he has suffered Identity Transfer with his best friend, and so survives. The novel then moves into soap opera territory. [JC]

Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall

(1931-    ) US anthropologist and author whose expeditions to Africa between 1950 and 1956 resulted in her first book, the nonfiction The Harmless People (1959), about the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Her two novels are of interest as intense examples of Prehistoric SF, where speculations about Homo sapiens that cannot be claimed to bear the warrant of professional testability serve as Thought Experiments through which to notate visions of our coming to be human. The ...


Film (1978). Irwin Yablans. Produced by Charles Band. Directed by Michael Rae. Written by Franne Schacht, Frank Ray Perilli. Cast includes Kim Milford, Gianni Russo and Cheryl Smith. 80 minutes. Colour. / In this ill-made, low-budget exploitation movie a miserable teenager finds in the desert an amulet and a laser left by Aliens. The amulet makes his eyes glow red; taken over by the alien persona, he revenges himself with the laser Weapon on people who pick on him, also exploding many cars ...

Bornstein, Kate

(1948-    ) US performance artist, playwright and author whose Nearly Roadkill: An Infobahn Erotic Adventure (1996) with Caitlin Sullivan is an sf tale whose two protagonists meet in a Near Future Cyberspace where in theory they can play sophisticatedly with their own and others' gender identities (see Feminism; Sex; Women in SF); but the net has succumbed to government tyranny. In response they foment and lead a successful insurgency against oppression. Bornstein's initial ...

Cross, Malcolm

(?   -    ) UK author whose Dangerous Jade (2012) is set in an Equipoisal fantasy-themed City full of anthropomorphic Clones. Orbital Decay (2014 ebook) is a contribution to the publisher's Shared World Afterblight Chronicles series. He is also of sf interest for his contribution to the Extinction Biome sequence, the first volume of which, Invasion (2016) as by Addison Gunn, was written in collaboration with Anne Tibbets, who see for any continuations. The ...

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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