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Reynolds, Alastair

(1966-    ) UK author who has also worked as a physicist and astronomer – notably 1991-2004 at the Netherlands European Space Research and Technology Centre, a division of the European Space Agency – an experience that strongly informs his work. / His first published story was "Nunivak Snowflakes" in Interzone for June 1990, but it was not for another decade that he published his first novel, Revelation Space (2000). Preceded by such related short stories as ...

Cole, Cornelius

(1822-1924) US politician – at his death he was the oldest former American Senator – lawyer, newspaperman and author, whose only novel, California Three Hundred and Fifty Years Ago: Manuelo's Narrative Translated from the Portuguese by a Pioneer (1888) anonymous, describes in prose (and occasional verse) the discovery of a Lost World in California in the sixteenth century. [JC]

Dunn, Mark

(1956-    ) US author and playwright who is of both sf and Oulipo interest for his first novel Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable (2001), whose premise echoes James Thurber's The Wonderful O (1957 chap) – in which the titular O is banned from speech and writing – and ventures further with a steady loss of letters from the alphabet. The imaginary land of Nollop reveres the author of the well-known pangrammatic sentence "The quick brown ...


1. Short film (1984). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Tim Burton. Written by Lenny Ripps, from Burton's outline. Cast includes Paul Bartel, Shelley Duvall, Barret Oliver and Daniel Stern. 30 minutes. Black and white. / Victor Frankenstein (Oliver), a ten-year-old amateur filmmaker in a picket-fence neighbourhood, brings his dead dog back to life with the power of electricity; the neighbours are initially repelled, but come round after Sparky, pursued with ...

Elliot, Lee

A House Name used for three sf novels published by Curtis Warren, one each by William Henry Fleming Bird and Denis Hughes and one – Overlord New York (1953) – by an as yet unidentified author. The last is strewn with Scientific Errors, such as a Spaceship accelerating at a killing "one mile per second per second" or 165g, with the effect on the crew being only that "None of the men was able to move without considerable muscular effort ..." [JC]

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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