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Warner, Harry, Jr

(1922-2003) US journalist, author and sf fan, publisher of several Fanzines, including Spaceways and the long-lived Horizons, which appeared regularly in FAPA from 1939 until his death. He was noted for prolific writing of letters of comment to others' fanzines for most of this period. Warner also made several professional sales to SF Magazines in the 1940s and 1950s, beginning with the poem "Realization" (January 1940 Weird Tales); his first professionally published story was the vignette ...

Shapiro, Neil

(1949-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Now No One Waits" in If for December 1969, and who was moderately active for the next decade, releasing several stories and two novels: Planet Without a Name (1976), in which the exploitation of an apparently empty planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) is affected by First Contact with an armed Extraterrestrial species; and Mind Call (1978), in which a plague of induced insanity threatens ...

Maris the Choujo

Japanese Original Video Animation (1986; vt The Supergal; vt The Chojo). Based on the Manga by Rumiko Takahashi. Studio Pierrot. Directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama and Motosuke Takahashi. Written by Tomoko Konparu and Hideo Takayashiki. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Mami Koyama, Sumi Shimamoto, and Jouji Yanami. 48 minutes. Colour. / As a child Maris (Koyama) was part of the exodus from the planet Thanatos before it exploded (see Disaster). Now a refugee on Earth, she has to wear ...

Starcrash

Film (1978; vt The Adventures of Stella Star). Original Italian title Scontri stellari oltre la terza dimensione. Nat and Patrick Wachsberger Productions/New World Pictures. Directed by Lugi Cozzi (credited as Lewis Coates). Written by Cozzi and Nat Wachsberger with additional dialogue by R A Dillon. Cast includes Marjoe Gortner, David Hasselhoff, Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer, Joe Spinell and Robert Tessier. 92 minutes. Colour. / Stella Star (Munro) and her humanoid Alien friend ...

Samuel, Horace B

(1883-1950) UK lawyer and author whose Modernities (coll 1913) contains vivid studies of contemporary literary figures; in his sf novel, The Quisto-Box (1925), the consequences of the Invention of a mind-reading Machine are lightly explored: unchecked powers of Telepathy breaks up families, make government impossible, and so forth. [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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