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Chatelain, Clara De

(1807-1876) UK author and translator, born of an French emigré father and English mother; exceedingly prolific, she published poetry and other work from 1826 under he own name and as by Leopold Wray, Leigh Santa Croce or Leopoldine Ziska. Most of her work was for children, many of them fantasy, like her first, The Silver Swan (1847 chap). Of sf interest is The Sedan-Chair, and Sir Wilfred's Seven Flights (coll 1866; vt Sir Wilfred's Seven Flights 1874) for the second named story, which ...

Côté, Denis

(1954-    ) Canadian author whose first two novels, marketed like their successors as juveniles, were Les Hockeyeurs cybernétiques (1983; trans lated by Jane Brierley as Shooting for the Stars 1990), a tale marked by a high degree of invention in its depiction of the adventures of the eponymous hockey player and a female journalist in Lost Ark, a Dystopia; further volumes in the Inactifs sequence include L'idole des inactifs ["A Star for the Idle Masses"] (1989), La ...

Clouston, J Storer

(1870-1944) Scottish magistrate and author, in Orkney from around 1903, best-known for such humorous tales as The Lunatic at Large (1899) and its several sequels, which are nonfantastic. He began writing works of genre interest with Vandrad the Viking; or, the Feud and the Spell (dated 1898 but 1897), a Fantasy involving seers and curses. The Prodigal Father (1909) is a Time in Reverse tale whose protagonist begins to grow younger, much against his will. Tales of King Fido (coll of linked ...

Xenobot

An example of speculative Terminology, the term taken from Xenopus laevis, the African clawed frog; used initially to describe tiny self-healing Robots bred organically from (as an instance) frog stem cells, but used more widely in the third decade of the twenty-first century to describe any robot bred organically. In this encyclopedia, the term Android is usefully restricted to humanoid-shaped artificial beings. Androids are therefore xenobots, but the reverse is not true: xenobots need not be ...

Highlander II: The Quickening

Film (1990). Davis-Panzer/Lamb Bear Entertainment. Directed by Russell Mulcahy. Written by Peter Bellwood, from a story by Brian Clemens and William Panzer, based on characters created by Gregory Widen. Cast includes Sean Connery, Michael Ironside, Christopher Lambert, Virginia Madsen and Allan Rich. 100 minutes. Colour. / This is a sequel to Highlander (1986), which was a pure fantasy about two immortals, one good (with Amnesia) and one bad, who battle through the centuries. The sequel ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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