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Priest, Christopher

(1943-    ) UK author, married 1981-1987 to Lisa Tuttle, 1988-2011 to Leigh Kennedy, and partner of Nina Allan from 2011. He has published several Ties under various pseudonyms, of which only two have been disclosed: John Luther Novak and Colin Wedgelock. He distinguishes sharply between any such work and any work to which he signs his name. He was Associate Editor of Foundation 1974-1977; his anthologies are Anticipations (anth 1978), and Stars of Albion (anth 1979) with ...

Daikaijū Gamera

Film (1965; vt Gamera). Daiei. Directed by Noriaki Yuasa. Written by Fumi Takahashi. Cast includes Albert Dekker (US version), Brian Donlevy (US version), Diane Findlay (US version), Eiji Funakoshi and Harumi Kiritachi. 88 minutes. Colour. / This was Daiei Studios' answer to the enormously successful Gojira ["Godzilla"] films from Toho Studios. Gamera is a giant prehistoric turtle, restored to life by nuclear testing. It attacks Tokyo, naturally, but is captured and sent into space. The US ...

McLaughlin, N Monroe

(1830-1907) US teacher and author of The Last Man: A Novel (1900), couched as the autobiography of the last Union survivor of the American Civil War; his narrative extends to 1926, when America has become a clement Utopia. [JC]

Creature Walks Among Us, The

Film (1956). Universal. Directed by John Sherwood. Written by Arthur Ross. Cast includes Jeff Morrow, Rex Reason and Leigh Snowden. 78 minutes. Black and white. / This is the second, inferior sequel to The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) – the first being Revenge of the Creature (1954); it was not shot in 3-D, and had a new director. Here the Creature is transformed by fire into a land Monster, complete with lungs (and, later, clothes), thereby depriving him of precisely the ...

McIvor, Allan

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Overlord: The Story of the Peons of Canada (1904), a Near Future depiction of Canada under a dictatorship. The upcoming business magnate protagonist of The Mechanic (1906) powers his rise initially through an Invention of his father, an improved method for refining iron ore into steel; his own later inventions include a vastly improved typesetting machine. En passant he discovers, in an old Native American ...

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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