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Edmondson, G C

Working name of Mexican-born US translator and author José Mario Garry Ordoñez Edmondson y Cotton (1922-1995) for all his writing except his Westerns, which are as by Kelly P Gast, J B Masterson and Jake Logan. He published his first sf, "Blessed are the Meek" with Astounding in 1955, and was active in the magazines for the next decade, particularly in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, where his Mad Friend stories appeared. Assembled as Stranger than You Think (coll of ...

Earth Girls Are Easy

Film (1988). De Laurentiis/Kestrel. Directed by Julien Temple. Written by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E McNally; loosely based on Brown's song of the same title from her EP album Goddess in Progress (1984). Cast includes Julie Brown, Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Damon Wayans. 100 minutes. Colour. / Three fur-covered humanoid Aliens – the leader Mac (Goldblum), Wiploc (Carrey) and Zeebo (Wayans) – crash their Spaceship in a swimming pool in the San ...

Mäki, Reijo

(1958-    ) Finnish author of horror and thrillers, primarily known for his long-running Vares series, which pastiches American hard-boiled fiction and classic Westerns in an incongruous contemporary Finnish setting. Although little of his work has been translated, he remains one of the most recognizable Pulp fiction novelists in his native country, becoming a Mainstream Writer of SF with the seventeenth Vares novel Hard Luck Cafe (2006). Whereas all other instalments take ...

Theroux, Marcel

(1968-    ) Uganda-born broadcaster and author, in UK from early childhood, son of Paul Theroux. Of his novels, The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paper Chase (2001) hints at the fantastic in its conflation of a recently dead relative of the narrator and Mycroft Holmes (see Sherlock Holmes); and The Secret Books (2017), by treating the past century of European history as a story that Story itself makes more real, generates a sense that the anachronisms that suffuse it ...

Lyle, Eugene P, Jr

(1873-1962) US journalist and author, whose The Great War of 1938 (September 1918 Everybody's Magazine; 1918 chap) predicts with unusual accuracy the onset of World War Two, though its propagandist thesis for readers in September 1918 – that Germany would take advantage of any weak peace terms laid down after its coming defeat in World War One – was very wide of the mark. An earlier nonfiction piece, "The Advance of Wireless" (February 1905 World's Work), was also surprisingly ...

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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