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Parts: The Clonus Horror

Film (1979; vt Clonus). Clonus Associates. Directed by Robert S Fiveson. Produced by Fiveson. Written by Ron Smith, Bob Sullivan, Myrl A Schreibman from a story by Sullivan. Cast includes Paulette Breen, Eileen Dietz (Dana), Tim Donnelly, Peter Graves, David Hooks, Dick Sargent (Dr Jameson) and Keenan Wynn. 90 minutes. Colour. / The young man Richard Knight (Donnelly) becomes dissatisfied with his life in a scientific colony somewhere in a western US desert, and escapes the facility. While ...

Harrison, Payne

(1948-    ) US journalist and author of Technothrillers, two of which edge into sf: Storming Intrepid (1989), which extrapolates a Near Future USSR/USA conflict based on a development of Star Wars (events soon outdated the tale); and Thunder of Erebus (1991), also set in the Near Future, during a peril-inducing expedition to drill deep into the Antarctica. [JC]

MacAulay, David

(1946-    ) UK-born artist and author, in the US from 1958; much of his work, beginning with Cathedral: The Story of its Construction (1973), has concentrated on architectural subjects, a focus reflected in Unbuilding (graph 1980), which depicts in pictures and text the hypothetical demolition of the Empire State Building (see New York), and in The Way Things Work (graph 1988), where nonfantastic machines and artefacts are explained graphically by showing how woolly mammals ...

Blodgett, Mabel Fuller

(1869-1959) US author, mostly of children's books, of sf interest for her Lost Race novel, At the Queen's Mercy (1897), a tale set in Africa and visibly reflecting the influence of H Rider Haggard in its depiction of a mysterious walled city – Phoenician in origin – ruled by a white queen named La who reigns over Black subjects. Blodgett also wrote society novels, and some children's fantasy [see Checklist]. [JC]

Gask, Arthur

(1869-1951) UK-born dental surgeon and author who began his latter career in the early 1921, after his 1920 move to Australia. Among his many detective thrillers are two tales of some sf interest, The Red Paste Murders (1924; vt Murder in the Night 1932), the eponymous chemical being of borderline-sf composition, and The Fall of a Dictator (1939), which ventures into the Near Future. [JC]

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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