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Tolkin, Michael

(1950-    ) US director, screenwriter and author, notable for his skill as a story doctor; best known for the nonfantastic The Player (1988) whose film version, The Player (1992) directed by Robert Altman, he also scripted. Of the several films for whose scripts he is at least partially responsible, Deep Impact (1998) is of sf interest. He also wrote and directed the adaptation of Robert A Heinlein's "Jerry Was a Man" (October 1947 Thrilling Wonder) for the Television ...

Computer Role Playing Game

Term used to describe a form of Videogame derived from pen and paper Role Playing Games. This entry only deals with the single player variant; the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, a related form in which many individuals share the same virtual world, is considered under Online Worlds. Computer Role Playing Games are characterized by detailed and extensive fictional settings and by the existence of characters wholly or partially controlled by the player who have markedly different ...

Stewart, James

(?   -    ) UK author, possibly pseudonymous, who is of some sf interest for Danger from Grassen (1946), a post-World War Two thriller for boys set mostly in a Ruritanian version of Lichtenstein, here called Grassen, where a rogue Nazi Mad Scientist is preparing to release a deadly bacteriological Pandemic on the world. [JC]

Caillou, Alan

Pseudonym of UK-born soldier, actor, screenwriter and author Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe (1914-2006) who lived and worked in the Middle East, Africa and Canada before moving to the US late in life; he was awarded an MBE (Civil Medal of the Order of the British Empire) in 1938 for his work in Palestine, and an MC (Military Cross) 1944 for his work with partisans in Yugoslavia. As Alan Caillou he wrote adventure thrillers from 1955, and as Alex Webb from 1985. A Caillou novel, Alien Virus (1957), has ...

Delany, Samuel R

(1942-    ) US author and critic, one of the most influential and most discussed within the genre; he has taught at several universities from 1975, and was professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 1988-1999, of English at SUNY Buffalo 1999-2000, and of English and Creative Writing at Temple University in Philadelphia since 2001. He has a somewhat mixed cultural background: he is Black, born and raised in Harlem, New York, and therefore ...

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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