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Science Fiction Classics

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing, 30 issues, edited by Herb Lehrman as Ralph Adris #1-#5, then edited by Cohen. It began February 1967, published #1-#6 in 1967-1968 as Science Fiction Classics and #7-#8 in 1969 as Science Fiction (Adventure) Classics. It resumed publication in Winter 1970 under the latter title with #12 and published 22 more issues before merging with Thrilling Science Fiction (see The Most Thrilling Science Fiction Ever ...

Cohen, Genghis

(?   -    ) Pseudonym of unidentified US author; the pseudonym is taken from Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966), to which Cohen's one fantastic work, The Erotic Spectacles (1971) contains frequent references. The book concerns magical (though laboratory-produced) spectacles which uninhibit those viewed through them. [GS/JC]

Johnny Mnemonic

Film (1995). Limited Partnership. An Alliance Communications production. Directed by Robert Longo. Written by William Gibson, based on his story "Johnny Mnemonic" (May 1981 Omni). Cast includes Ice-T, Takeshi Kitano, Dina Meyer and Keanu Reeves. 96 minutes. Colour. / "Johnny Mnemonic" (May 1981 Omni), one of William Gibson's earliest stories, is about a future in which information is carried in the brains of "mnemonic" couriers. One such courier, Johnny (Reeves), is targeted by a Japanese ...

Thompson, Vance

(1863-1925) US literary critic and author in various genres (including early twentieth-century nutritionism). The Carnival of Destiny (coll of linked stories 1916) depicts a sequence of Reincarnations in terms of fantasy; The Scarlet Iris (1924; vt The Tarnished Woman 1924) is supernatural horror; and The Green Ray (November 1922-March 1923 Munsey's as "The Man of the Miracle"; 1924) is hoax rather than sf, except for some ambivalence surrounding a Black man bleached white and unpleasantly made ...

Bégouën, Max

(1893-1961) French prehistorian and author of three Prehistoric SF tales, of which only Les bisons d'argile (1925; trans Robert Luther Duffus as Bison of Clay 1926) has appeared in English; it speculatively depicts the life of prehistoric totem-worshipping humans in the foothills of the Pyrenees (see Origin of Man). Bégouën's entry for the Prix Jules Verne (see Awards), "Quand le mammouth ressuscita" ["When the Mammoth Revived"] (April-May 1928 Lectures Pour Tous) placed second, and ...

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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