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Predator

Film (1987). Amercent/American Entertainment/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by John McTiernan. Written by Jim Thomas, John Thomas. Cast includes Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Kevin Peter Hall, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers. 106 minutes. Colour. / A special-forces group undertaking a commando-style rescue mission in South America clashes bloodily with guerrillas and then very much more bloodily with the Predator: an intelligent Alien (Hall) that can bend light to make itself almost ...

Pruyn, Leonard

(1898-1973) US author, in active service during World War One, whose two short sf stories appeared a year apart: "In Time of Sorrow" in Authentic Science Fiction for February 1954 and "A La Carte" in Spaceway for February 1955. His brief sf career continued and concluded with an sf novel, World without Women (1960) with Day Keene, about the violent consequences to the world of the loss of its women (see Women in SF), with the few remaining women kept under Dystopian constraints, though it is ...

Garnett, Tay

Working name of US film director and author William Taylor Garnett (1884-1977), whose Lost Race novel, Man Laughs Back (1935), is set deep in the South American jungle, where a native civilization, descended from the Incas, is instrumental in keeping a foolhardy surveyor (and his team of twenty-six lads) from disaster. As a director, he is best known for The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946); of sf interest is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1948), based on Mark Twain's novel. ...

Gardner, John

(1926-2007) UK author who was a minister for several years before becoming an agnostic, a drama critic, and the creator of the Boysie Oakes sequence of spy thrillers spoofing Ian Fleming's James Bond books, most famously in The Liquidator (1964); one Boysie Oakes tale, Founder Member (1969), involves its hero in a Sex experiment in space. From 1981 to 1996, Gardner wrote 14 novels officially continuing the James Bond saga as originally developed by Fleming, plus Licence to Kill (1989) and ...

O'Doherty, Carolyn

(?   -    ) US executive in a non-profit institute devoted to city planning, and author whose Rewind trilogy, beginning with Rewind (2018), is sharply Equipoisal between Young Adult fantasy and sf, the use of whose topoi hints at serious underlying arguments. Much of the tale is set in or concerns the escape from a coercive Keep where, in a Dystopian Near Future but moderately fantasticated world a cadre of teenagers is incarcerated. Within these walls, their ...

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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