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Enstrom, Robert

(1946-    ) US industrial chemist and author whose first novel, Encounter Program (1977), attempts to deal with a late-century sf problem – how to cope with Aliens when we encounter them – in an idiom derived from Space Operas published 50 years earlier, when the problem was easier to solve. Beta Colony (1980), in which a colony planet attempts to re-colonize Ruined Earth, is moderately less stiff in its depiction of the savagely degraded culture that has ...

Science Fiction Association

This first attempt at a genuinely national UK organization devoted to furthering the cause of sf in Britain was proposed and launched at the Leeds, Yorkshire, sf Convention of January 1937. It was initially headquartered in Leeds, with E J Carnell's Novae Terrae adopted as the official organ. Another official publication, intended as a respectable front to entice non-fans, was the quarterly Fanzine Tomorrow, first published in February 1937 and edited by Douglas W F Mayer; the seventh and last ...


Film (2004). Produced by Shane Carruth. Directed by Carruth. Written by Carruth. Cast includes Carruth and David Sullivan. 77 minutes. Colour. / Made for a mere $7000 US, Primer was recognized at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. This film is an intensely convoluted, intellectually uncompromising analysis of a Time Machine. It is the most sophisticated cinematic work of Hard SF cinema on the subject. / In present day America, two young engineers (Carruth ...

Best of Omni Science Fiction

US anthology series that was an offshoot of Omni magazine but which also published original material. The first volume, edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus, published in March 1980, was all reprint, but was so successful, selling over 300,000 copies in three months, that consideration was given to issuing an all-sf Magazine. In the end a compromise was reached, with each volume a mixture of reprints and new material, some reprints taken from sources other than Omni. Bova and Myrus edited the first ...

Presland, John

Pseudonym of Australian poet, playwright and author Gladys Williams Skelton Bendit (1885-1975), in UK from early adulthood; she signed at least one novel, the nonfantastic Barricade (1926) as by John Presland and Gladys Skelton. Escape Me – Never! (1928) is set in the Near Future. Some of her poetry, like "Wisdom and Youth" in The Deluge and Other Poems (coll 1911) the long quasi-dramatic "The Quest" and others assembled in Selected Poems (coll 1961), were Arthurian. [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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