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Gentry, Alistair

(1973-    ) UK author and graphic artist, whose two novels of sf interest are Their Heads Are Anonymous (1997), set in the quasi-Pocket Universe of the Bigger Amusement Park, which is invaded by Aliens, and Monkey Boys (1999), in which monkeys undergo Genetic Engineering designed to make them into organic Drug-producing engines. 100 Black Boxes (coll 1999-2000) is a sequence of short stories available online – see link below. [JC]

Merwin, Sam, Jr

(1910-1996) US author, whose name has been given, in error, as W Samuel Merwin or W S Merwin, son of the writer W Samuel Merwin (1874-1936); neither Merwin should be confused with W S Merwin (William Stanley Merwin, 1927-    ), the US Poet Laureate for 2011 whose The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative (1998), a novel in verse, treats Hawaiian history in mythopoeic terms. Sam Merwin Jr's first sf story was "The Scourge Below" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in October 1939. He later ...

Born in Flames

Film (1983). Lizzie Borden/Jerome Foundation/CAPS/Young Filmmakers. Written, produced, edited and directed Lizzie Borden. Cast includes Adele Bertei, Kathryn Bigelow, Honey, Flo Kennedy and Jeanne Satterfield. 80 minutes. Colour. / This underground movie, made over five years on 16 mm film and video, was deservedly given quite wide distribution. Ten years after a peaceful social-democratic revolution in the USA, the Party is in power, the position of women in society is still not much ...

Sargent, Lyman Tower

(1940-    ) US academic, bibliographer and author, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St Louis, Professor Emeritus since 2005; he founded and edited until 2004 the journal Utopian Studies. Since his own first essay of interest, "Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary Science Fiction" for The Futurist in 1972, his sf work has been exclusively focused on the study of Utopias and Dystopias, the most important result of which has been British and ...

Tymn, Marshall B

(1937-2020) US editor, academic, sf/fantasy bibliographer and editor, whose work concentrates on the pedagogical implications of both sf and fantasy (see SF in the Classroom). After a first, short, self-published bibliographical guide – A Directory of Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Houses and Book Dealers (1974 chap) – Tymn issued a stream of helpful material, including A Research Guide to Science Fiction Studies: An Annotated Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources ...

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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