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Ash, Constance

(1950-    ) US author of fantasy novels who edited Not of Woman Born (anth 1999), a theme anthology billed as "tales of high-tech reproduction". Walter Jon Williams's contribution "Daddy's World" won a Nebula for best novelette. [DRL]

Stuff, The

Film (1985). Larco/New World. Produced by (with Peter Sabiston) and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Andrea Marcovicci, Michael Moriarty, Garrett Morris and Patrick O'Neal. 87 minutes. Colour. / The Stuff is an addictive, gooey fast food which, though passive, is in all other respects a traditional Monster; this Monster Movie is, in the Cohen manner, an atypical one. The baleful Stuff, originally found in a hole in the ground, takes over its victims when they eat it, ...

Hershman, Morris

(1926-    ) US author whose sf novel, Shareworld (1972; vt The Crash of 2086 1976), takes a Dystopian view of the stock market dominating the entire world and anticipates a final and definitive Crash. [JC]

Man with the Power, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Universal Television for NBC-TV. Produced by Allan Baltar and Rod Holcombe. Directed by Nicholas Sgarro. Written by Baltar. Cast includes Persis Khambatta, Bob Neil and Tim O'Connor. 93 minutes. Colour. / US government agent Walter Bloom (O'Connor) recruits Eric Smith (Neil) to help foil an assassination plot against the visiting Indian princess Siri (Khambatta). Smith's father, it is revealed, was actually an Alien from an unidentified planet, making Smith a hybrid ...

Howe, John

(1957-    ) Canadian artist, now a resident of Switzerland. After formal training in France, he moved to Switzerland to work on an animated film and decided to remain there. He took on a variety of projects, but an invitation to join other artists in contributing to the 1987 and 1988 J R R Tolkien calendars changed his life. Admiring his approach to Tolkien, publishers then assigned Howe to illustrate books by Tolkien, as well as four additional Tolkien calendars (in 1991, ...

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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