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Gombrowicz, Witold

(1904-1969) Polish playwright, essayist and author whose work was not directly connected with Genre SF, though he occasionally utilized fantastic elements; his impact on Polish literature (see Poland) was unprecedented both at the level of his highly original narrative technique, for which he derived idiosyncratic diminutive forms and neologisms, and a consistent philosophy, at some points evoking associations with existentialism, structuralism and post-structuralism. Born to a family of landed ...

Scott, Harper

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel, How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series (2005), is a Baseball tale in which two frustrated Chicago Cubs fans in 2160 use a Time Machine to abduct two real players (Joe Tinker and Orval Overall) from the team that helped the Cubs win their only World Series in 1908, hoping their insertion into the twenty-second century team will work a miracle. The comedy is broad. [JC]

Swan, Thor

(1903-1978) US author in whose Near Future Satire Furfooze: A Tale Fantastique (1939) the body of an advanced creature from the Ice Age is brought back to life (see Apes as Human). [JC]


Film (2009). Summit Entertainment in association with Icon Productions presents an Infinity Features Entertainment production. Directed by Paul McGuigan. Written by David Bourla. Cast includes Camilla Belle, Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Joel Gretsch and Djimon Hounsou. 111 minutes. Colour. / A motley group of fugitive psychics in Hong Kong devise an elaborate plan to bring down the US covert operations division which has been forcibly harnessing the mutants' Psi Powers. / This dense, ...

Crandall, Reed

(1917-1982) US illustrator best known for his work in Comics and, latterly, for a series of Edgar Rice Burroughs illustrations done in the early 1960s for Canaveral Press (see Richard A Lupoff). Crandall received his formal art education at Cleveland School of Art and at New York's Arts Students League. Even before graduating from the former, where he'd majored in Illustration, he'd received his first book-illustration commission – from Dodd, Mead, for the children's book Come, Colors, ...

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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