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Acker, Kathy

Pseudonym of US author Karen Lehmann (1947-1997), whose year of birth has been given variously but without documentary evidence as both 1944 and 1948; she lived in the UK off and on for many years. Acker's apocalyptic sense of the latter-day world is conveyed in works whose tortured absurdity (see Fabulation) sometimes catches the reader by surprise, or transfixes the spectator of one of her plays, which have been as a whole perhaps more telling than her prose. The Birth of the Poet (performed ...

Strange Days

Film (1995). Universal Pictures presents a Lightstorm Entertainment production. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks. Cast includes Angela Bassett, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore and Michael Wincott. 145 minutes. Colour. / In the last days of 1999, after Los Angeles (see California) has become a no man's land, a trafficker in bootleg recordings of first-person experiences is caught up in a dangerous conspiracy after chancing on a recording of a ...

Star Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, published by Ballantine Magazines, January 1958. This was an attempt to convert Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories into a magazine after its first three issues (1953-1954) in book format. Although a second magazine issue was mooted, sales did not warrant continuing in that form and it reverted to book format at the end of 1958. The magazine replicated some of the contents of the anthology, including a cover by Richard Powers, but somehow the content ...

Thomas, Leah

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shards" in Daily Science Fiction for April 2011; Because You'll Never Meet Me (2015), an epistolary Young Adult novel, one of whose protagonists is allergic to electricity, while the other requires a pacemaker to control his cardiomyopathy; the two gradually discover that there is a Genetic Engineering link between them. [JC]

Jules Verne-Magasinet

["The Jules Verne Magazine"] Swedish SF Magazine. First series 16 October 1940 to 28 February 1947, published by AB Nordpress; weekly; 332 issues. Second series May 1969 to June 1971, published and edited by Bertil Falk; quarterly; 10 issues. Third series January 1972 to 2009, published by Askild & Kärnekull 1972, Delta 1973-1983, Sam J Lundwall Fakta & Fantasi 1983-2010; all edited by Sam J Lundwall; quarterly 1972-1976 (though with only three issues in 1973); bimonthly 1977-2009 ...

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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