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Stableford, Brian M

(1948-2024) UK academic, critic, translator and author, with a degree in Biology and a doctorate in Sociology, which he taught 1977-1988 before turning to writing full-time. He began his writing career early, collaborating with a schoolfriend, Craig A Mackintosh (writing together as Brian Craig), on his first published story, "Beyond Time's Aegis" for Science Fantasy #78 in 1965; much ...

Vampire, The

Film (1957; vt Mark of the Vampire). Gramercy Pictures. Produced by Arthur Gardner, Arnold Laven, and Jules V Levy. Directed by Paul Landres. Written by Pat Fielder from her original story. Cast includes John Beal, Coleen Gray, Dabbs Greer (Dr Will Beaumont) and Kenneth Toby. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Small-town doctor Paul Beecher (Beal) is entrusted with an experimental Drug developed from the blood of vampire bats by a colleague, just before ...


Film (1989). No Frills/Wilson-Maddock/Universal. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by Ron Underwood. Written by S S Wilson and Brent Maddock from a story by Wilson, Maddock and Underwood. Cast includes Kevin Bacon, Finn Carter and Fred Ward. 96 minutes. Colour. / A thinly populated valley in the Nevada desert is ravaged by four monstrous subterranean worm creatures, apparently possessed of some ...

My Adventures with Superman

US animated tv series (2023-current). Warner Bros. Animation, DC Studios, Studio Mir. Based on the DC Comics characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Series developed by Jake Wyatt. Directed by Jen Bennett, Diana Huh and Christina Manrique. Writers include Aman Adumer, Josie Campbell, Brendan Clogher and Cynthia Furey. Voice cast include Darrell Brown, David Errigo Jr, Zehra Fazal, Joel de la Fuente, Jake Green, ...

Van Zile, Edward S

(1863-1931) US author of some sf interest for two of the tales assembled in A Magnetic Man and Other Stories (coll 1890): the protagonist of "A Magnetic Man", whose various Inventions do nothing to make him liked, learns how to control electricity, which governs affinities; and "Chemical Clairvoyance" features a device capable of recording the backward traces of the future on atoms, thus making Prediction possible. "The ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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