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Greene, Kirby

Pseudonym of an unrevealed US author (?   -    ) of whom nothing is known beyond Brotherhood of the Stars (1994), a competent but unchallenging Space Opera with elements of the Planetary Romance. [JC]

Darton, Eric

(1950-    ) US teacher and author, much of whose nonfiction work is devoted to New York; his first novel, Free City (1996), is an exuberant Alternate History of Western Europe set in the mid 1600s, when "sleepwalkers" like Sir Isaac Newton (1640-1725), and his many colleagues and foes, were edging themselves, and the Western world, into the modern age, but only partially abandoning the extraordinary tangle of speculation and mythopoeisis that marked the intellectual life of ...

Chappell, Fred

(1936-    ) US academic, poet and author, most of whose work within the water margins of Fantastika falls within the broad remit of the weird, though his best-known novel Dagon (1968) carries its doomed protagonist into the sway of an idiot deity whose gaze – "the god was omnipotent but did not possess intelligence" – constitutes a prolepsis of things to come (see Cthulhu Mythos; Horror in SF) [for Weird Fiction see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Thrilling Wonder Stories

US Pulp magazine, a continuation of Wonder Stories, but with a sufficiently significant policy change to require separate treatment. 111 issues, August 1936 to Winter 1955. Published by Standard Magazines, New York under their subsidiaries, Beacon Magazines, August 1936 to June 1937, and Better Publications October 1937 to August 1943; before switching to Standard Magazines Fall 1943 to Winter 1955. Edited by Mort Weisinger (August 1936-June 1941), Oscar J Friend (August 1941-Fall 1944), Sam ...

Night of the Living Dead

1. Film (1968). Image 10 Productions/Walter Reade-Continental. Directed by George A Romero. Written by Romero and John A Russo. Cast includes Karl Hardman, Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Keith Wayne. 96 minutes, cut to 90 minutes. Black and white. / This unrelenting and downbeat Horror film, Romero's astonishing debut, tells of a horde of walking, cannibalistic corpses who lay siege to an isolated house. Their revival is explained by "space radiation" brought to Earth on an aborted Rocket ...

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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