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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Dr Satán y la Magia Negra

["Dr Satan and Black Magic"] Mexican film (1968). Producciones Espada S. de R.L. Directed by Rogelio A. González. Written by José María and Fernández Unsáin. Cast includes Joaquín Cordero and Noé Murayama. 83 minutes. Colour. / A sequel to Dr Satan (1966), this film opens with the Devil King awakening Dr Satan (Cordero) from his rest in Hell (see ...

Purkey, Ruth Angell

(?   -    ) US playwright, two of whose several dramas are of some sf interest. Hangs Over my Head (first performed 1956; in The Best Short Plays of 1955-56, anth 1956) is set just before an increasingly likely World War Three; a cast rehearsing a play, lacking any script to deal with their private and public dramas, accost a Mysterious Stranger in search of a ...

Tunnel, Der

Film (1933). Vandor Film/Bavaria Film. Directed by Kurt Bernhardt. Written by Bernhardt, Reinhart Steinbicker, based on Der Tunnel (1913; trans 1915) by Bernhard Kellermann. Cast includes Elga Brink, Gustaf Gründgens, Paul Hartmann, Attila Hörbiger and Olly von Flint. 80 minutes (French version 73 minutes). Black and white. / This ambitious German film tells of a Near-Future attempt ...

Cohen, Sol

(1903-1984) US editor and publisher who edited the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader in 1953. He was publisher of Galaxy between December 1962 and June 1965, and of If between November 1962 and May 1965; he launched Worlds of Tomorrow in April 1963. In 1965 Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co bought the magazines ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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