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Soldati, Mario

(1906-1999) Italian film director and author, well known in both capacities from the 1930s, his writing career extending from 1925 until his death; of sf interest is Lo Smeraldo (1974; trans William Weaver as The Emerald 1977), set in a fragmented Near Future Italy: nuclear explosions have turned the north into a Ruined Earth; the south remains full of chthonic promise, as demonstrated by the eponymous jewel, which is sought after desperately in this shattered world. [JC]


UK band, formed by and in effect wholly comprising Jason Pierce (1965-    ), who sometimes records under the alias "J. Spaceman". There is a floaty, dreamy quality to much Spiritualised music that is focused sometimes through Religion ("Walking With Jesus", "Angel Sigh", both tracks on 1993's album Fucked Up Inside) and sometimes via sf, or more specifically space travel. The band's third studio album Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997), Pierce's masterpiece ...

Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

Beekman, Doug

Working name of American artist Douglas L Beekman (1952-    ). After briefly studying at the Columbus College of Art and Design in his home state of Ohio, he grew dissatisfied with the school and moved to New York City to complete his training at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. He then began painting book covers, mostly for minor publishers; his first noteworthy effort, perhaps, was his cover for a 1977 edition of Philip K Dick's Time Out of Joint ...

Asteroid [tv]

US tv miniseries (1997). Davis Entertainment/NBC Studios for NBC-TV. Produced by Donna Ebbs, Phil Margo, and Christopher Morgan. Directed by Bradford May. Written by Robbyn Burger, and Scott Sturgeon. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Zachary Charles, John Lindsey, Annabella Sciorra and Anthony Zerbe. 120 minutes. Colour. / Astronomer Dr Lily McKee (Sciorra) discovers a huge Asteroid on a collision course with Earth, with the impact due in the very Near Future; she meets FEMA (Federal Emergency ...

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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