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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Film (1987). Cannon. Directed by Sidney J Furie. Written by Lawrence Kohner, Mark Rosenthal, based on a story by Reeve, Kohner. Cast includes Gene Hackman, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve. 93 minutes. Colour. / Superman's death knell, at the box office anyway, was tolled by Cannon's attempt to get more mileage from his exploits after he had been jettisoned by Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Reeve agreed to play the part again ...

Stewart, Michael [2]

UK author (1945-    ), most of whose novels are medical thrillers, although Monkey Shines (1983), filmed by George A Romero as Monkey Shines (1988), uses the sf premise that a monkey may have her intelligence successfully augmented through the injection of human genetic material (see Apes as Human); the experiment ends tragically. Other thrillers ...

Baker, Eric T

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Uncertainty and the Dread Word Love" for Amazing in October 1993, and whose sf novel, Checkmate (1998), sets a paranoid thriller plot in a Space Opera frame, as a youthful agent aboard a colony ship finds he's being framed by his colleague Cyborgs. [JC]


The past century or so, as the SF Megatext began to form, was a period not markedly friendly to narrative verse in general, and good sf narratives in verse during this period are unsurprisingly not often found. Examples of lyric sf poetry – short poems in which sf tropes and topoi expectably uncover the state of mind of the poet – are much more common, though few of these rank very high in the literatures of the West. When identifiable sf "moves" can ...

Watson, Paul E

(?   -    ) US author of The Robot (2011), a Young Adult tale whose two teenaged male protagonists discover a female Robot in off-bounds laboratory of one of their parents, who is a "genius" scientist. The robot is interested in Sex, but also, according to its programming, in engaging in an assassination. [JC]

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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