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West, Anthony

(1914-1987) UK author, who used his mother's pseudonym not her legal surname (Fairfield), son of H G Wells and Rebecca West; in America for much of his life. His H G Wells: Aspects of a Life (1984), published just after his mother's death, was widely understood as an act of retribution aimed mainly at her – he was raised eccentrically, mostly at her hands – and only secondarily at Wells; his earlier nonfantastic novel, Heritage (1955), had been even more explicit, and was not ...

Nicolson, Marjorie Hope

(1894-1981) US scholar and academic, in the latter role at Smith College from 1929 to 1941, and at Columbia University from 1941 until 1962. Some of her work – like Newton Demands the Muse: Newton's Opticks and the Eighteenth Century Poets (1946) – is indirectly useful to students of Proto SF. Of direct interest in the study of early works in the field are two books focusing on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: A World in the Moon: A Study of the Changing Attitude toward the ...

Lee, Walt

(1931-2014) US film-writer, historian and consultant with a 1954 BS in physics. He was best known in genre circles for his monumental, self-published Reference Guide to Fantastic Films: Volume 1 A-F (1972), Volume 2 G-O (1973) and Volume 3 P-Z (1974), written with Bill Warren (the credit on each title page is "compiled by Walt Lee, assisted by Bill Warren") and containing upwards of 20,000 entries. Fantasy, occult and horror films feature more largely than pure sf, but the latter is ...

RWBY

US animated online series (2012-current). Rooster Teeth. Created by Monty Oum (1981-2015). Executive Producers: Mattie Hullum, Burnie Burns. Writers: Miles Luna, Monty Oum, Kerry Shawcross. Directors include Monty Oum (volumes 1-2) and Kerry Shawcross (volume 3 onward). Voice cast includes Jen Brown, Barbara Dunkelman, Kara Eberle, Lindsay Jones, Miles Luna, Shannon McCormick, Taylor McNee, Jen Taylor and Arryn Zech. 92 various-length episodes to date, plus eight character shorts, sixteen ...

Man from Beyond, The

US silent film (1922). Houdini Picture Corporation. Directed by Burton L. King. Written by Harry Houdini and Coolidge Streeter. Cast includes Erwin Connelly, Jane Connelly, Harry Houdini, Arthur Maude, Frank Montgomery and Albert Tavernier. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Francois Duval (Montgomery), "half-breed soldier of fortune" and Dr Gregory Sinclair (E Connelly), possessing the "fanatical zeal of the true Scientist", are the sole survivors of an ill-fated Arctic expedition who discover ...

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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