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Hodgson, William Hope

(1877-1918) UK author who ran away to sea in his youth and was deeply affected by his experiences aboard ship: he never lost a profound fascination, reflected in all his poetry and most of his stories and essays, for the mysteries of the sea. His first published story was "The Goddess of Death" for Royal Magazine in April 1904. His fantastic sea stories – the first was "From the Tideless Sea" (April 1906 Monthly Story Magazine; exp with addition of "More News from the Homebird" [August ...

Bowie, David

(1947-2016) UK musician and actor, latterly resident in the US. Born David Robert Jones, Bowie was one of the most successful and famous pop stars of the 1970s, known as much for his often sf-themed role-playing as for his talents as a singer-songwriter. After some early unmemorable releases Bowie broke through with the single "Space Oddity" (recorded quickly and released in July 1969 to cash in on the Moon landing); it reached #5 in the UK charts, and after a successful re-release in the US in ...

Glitch Techs

US animated online tv series (2020). Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Creators and Executive Producers: Dan Milano and Eric Robles. Directors include Phil Allora, Chris Graham and Hyunjoo Song. Writers include Ashly Burch and Dan Milano. Voice cast includes Ricardo Hurtado, Monica Ray and Luke Youngblood. Nineteen 23-minute episodes (save for the double-length first episode). Colour. / When the Hinobi Games company discovers its Videogames occasionally glitch, expelling their Monsters into ...

Wood, Edward D, Jr

(1924-1978) US filmmaker and pulp author monumentalized posthumously for his eccentric lifestyle and surreally inept attempts at genre B-movies, of which especially Glen or Glenda? (1953) and Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) have attained belated but unassailable cult status. His films are characterized by dreamlike narrative logic, bombastic dialogue, a repertory cast of vivid oddballs (including the elderly Bela Lugosi and the gigantic Swedish wrestler Tor Johnson), and the elevation of ...

White, Leslie T

(1903-1967) Canadian-born US screenwriter and author, initially a police detective in Los Angeles, an experience he used in his detective novels. Of the films in which he was involved, The Man They Could Not Hang (1939), for which he wrote the story, features a Mad Scientist who is resurrected – according to his instructions – after being hanged. Of his novels, 5,000 Trojan Horses (1943), set in World War Two, concerns a 5000-horse-power German bomber hidden in Canada whose engines ...

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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