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Gunnarsson, Thorarinn

Pseudonym of an unidentified US or Canadian author (?1957-    ) who has published mostly Fantasy like Song of the Dwarves (1988) and its sequel Revenge of the Valkyrie (1989), but began his career with the first volume of the Starwolves sequence – comprising The Starwolves (1988), Starwolves: Battle of the Ring (1989), Starwolves: Tactical Error (1991) and Starwolves: Dreadnought (1992) – which is rousing Space Opera, marshalling human warriors against a sentient ...

My Stepmother is An Alien

Film (1988). Weintraub/A Franklin R Levy/Ronald Parker Production/Catalina. Directed by Richard Benjamin. Written by Jericho Weingrod, Herschel Weingrod, Timothy Harris, Jonathan Reynolds. Cast includes Dan Aykroyd, Kim Basinger and Alyson Hannigan. 108 minutes. Colour. / This charmless and leaden-footed Sex comedy tells of an Alien woman (Basinger), fully human in appearance, who comes to Earth to learn the operation of a Galaxy-penetrating beam accidentally invented by an oafish Scientist ...

Teenage Monster

Film (1957; released 1958; vt Meteor Monster; vt Monster on the Hill). Marquette Productions Ltd/Howco International Pictures. Produced and directed by Jacques Marquette. Written by Ray Buffum. Cast includes Gloria Castillo, Anne Gwynne, Stephen Parker, Gilbert Perkins and Stuart Wade. 65 minutes. Black and white. / In the late 1800s, a meteor crashes to Earth near a small southwestern US town; young Charles Cannon (Parker) and his father investigate. Radiation from the meteorite kills his ...

Butler, David

(1936-    ) UK politician, IT consultant and author whose first novel, The Men Who Mastered Time (1986), is a stately Scientific Romance whose protagonist very calmly traces the competing goals of two colleagues who have co-invented a Time Machine. Some hints contained in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan; Or, a Vision in a Dream: A Fragment" (written 1797; as a title-poem of coll 1816 chap) lead to the correct conclusion that one of them has via Time Travel himself ...

Mian, Mary

(1902-2001) US translator and author, sometimes using her full name Mary Lawrence Shipman Mian, almost exclusively of Young Adult fantasy tales; she is of sf interest for The Net to Catch War (1975), whose young protagonists are sent 100 years into the past by a Time Travel device, finding themselves on the Santa Fe Trail, where they become involved with the historical Captain St George Cooke (1809-1895) in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). The tone of Mian's telling of a potentially grim ...

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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