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Lix, Caryn

Pseudonym of Canadian teacher and author Caryn Swark (1979-    ), whose Young Adult series, the Sanctuary sequence beginning with Sanctuary (2018), is set at first in a Space Habitat operated by the vast Omnistellar Concepts as a Prison, where, unusually, the young protagonist aspires to rise in the ranks of the elite who serve as guards. Expectedly, a menace – perhaps of ancient Alien origin – exposes the true intramural power of the vast corrupt corporation. ...

Rusch, Kristine Kathryn

(1960-    ) US editor and author who also writes as by Kristine Grayson and as by Kathryn Wesley; married to Dean Wesley Smith. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Sing" for Aboriginal Science Fiction, February/March 1987; she won the 1990 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her work is strongly emotional in nature, some of it Young Adult, focusing on critical experiences and rites of passage in the lives of characters existing in relatively conventional ...

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 ...

Mottley, Peter

(1935-2006) UK author, actor, playwright and advertising worker best known for the Shakespearean dramatic monologue After Agincourt (BBC Radio 3, 1988). His sf novel is The Sex Bar (1972), a farce which derives its comic impetus from the contraceptive/aphrodisiac (see Drugs) confectionery of the title. [DRL]

Trapped in Space

Film (1994). Paramount Pictures, Wilshire Court Productions, C.N.M. Entertainment Ltd. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Written by John Vincent Curtis (as Arlington Hughes) and Melinda M Snodgrass, based on Arthur C Clarke's "Thirty Seconds – Thirty Days" (December 1949 Thrilling Wonder Stories; vt "Breaking Strain" in No Place Like Earth, anth 1952, ed John Carnell). Cast includes Jack Coleman, Kevin Colson, Kay Lenz, Sigrid Thornton, Jack Wagner and Craig Wasson. 87 minutes. Colour. ...

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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