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Rife, Robert

(?   -    ) US author of The Cool Thing: A Dark Comedy. Or Not (2021), a moderately spoofish sf thriller whose protagonist – purchasing in error a relic from a crashed Alien Spaceship which turns out to be a kind of matter transmitter (see Matter Transmission) – is briefly entrapped in a Mad Scientist's ...

Solomon, Rivers

(1989-    ) US author whose first novel, An Unkindness of Ghosts (2017), is set in a Generation Starship many years into its journey. The SF Megatext provides a generous range of likelihoods for this setting to illuminate, some of which Solomon duly invokes: the ritualized maintenance procedures designed to keep the ship and its inhabitants in order; the hierarchized society, whose ruler ...

Santo the Silver Mask vs The Martian Invasion

Mexican film (1967). Original title Santo el Enmascarado de Plata vs "La Invasión de los Marcianos"; vt Santo the Silver-Masked Man vs The Martian Invasion. Producciones Cinematográficas. Directed by Alfredo B Crevenna. Written by Rafael García Travesi. Cast includes El Santo, Wolf Ruvinskis and Manuel Zozaya. 92 minutes. Black and white. / Over scenes of astronauts orbiting the Earth, the narrator wonders: "Is our planet ...

Abela, Deborah

(1966-    ) Australian author of the Max Remy sequence of Young Adult Humour beginning with Max Remy: In Search of the Time and Space Machine (2002; vt Max Remy: Spy Force: The Time and Space Machine 2005 UK as by D Abela). The Grimsdon sequence, comprising Grimsdon (2010) and New City (2014), perhaps more interestingly (if in a manner excessively ...

Kohll, Malcolm

(1953-    ) South African-born screenwriter and author, in the UK from 1977, whose Tie to his own Doctor Who script, Doctor Who – Delta and the Bannermen (1989) is of the usual competence required in this universe. [JC]

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 ...



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