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McMahon, Thomas

(1943-1999) US scientist specializing in biomechanics, and author, three of whose novels teasingly gain fuel and impetus from the fantastic, broadly conceived. Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry: A Novel (1970), a Young Adult tale set at the time of the Manhattan Project during World War Two, skirts Fantastika through its depiction of the Invention of an "odor amplifier" is not in fact technologically feasible. Set relaxedly in a 1922 America so lubricated with possibilities it almost ...

Bakis, Kirsten

(1968-    ) Swiss-born US author (of Estonian parentage) whose only novel to date, Lives of the Monster Dogs (1997), comes close to Beast Fable in its complex accounting of the fate of a nineteenth-century experiment, rather similar to that dissected in H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), in the surgical modification of dogs into creatures resembling humans. The dogs' enforced removal to an effective prison environment in Canada, and their eventual escape to New ...

Mitsuse Ryū

Pseudonym of Kimio Iizuka (1928-1999) a Japanese author and founding member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan (SFWJ), much respected as a prose author and sometime poet in his lifetime, but now more likely to be remembered for popular Manga editions of his work, many of which feature human characters overwhelmed by the machinations of vastly superior intellects and technologies. With an interest in sf inspired by reading the works of Jūza Unno, he graduated in Zoology ...

Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew

(1973-    ) US Comics writer for DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and author of Technothrillers with a Horror cast, whose first novels were published under his full name, though he more recently writes as Gregg Hurwitz. His first novel of sf interest is Minutes to Burn (2001), in which, tellingly, Mutant distortions of the theory of Evolution are found on an Island in the Galapágos archipelago. Ecological disaster looms. The Young Adult Rains Brothers sequence, comprising ...

Deadly Mantis, The

Film (1957). Universal-International Pictures. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Nathan Juran. Written by Martin Berkeley and Alland (uncredited). Cast includes William Hopper, Craig Stevens and Alix Talton. 79 minutes. Black and white. / A volcano erupts in the Southern Pacific, somehow causing a break-up of ice near the North Pole which frees a 200-foot-long prehistoric praying mantis (see Great and Small) from a state of Suspended Animation within the ice. Soon the insect makes its ...

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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