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Whitmore, Charles

(1945-    ) US author whose Winter's Daughter: The Saying of Signe Ragnhilds-Datter (1984) is set in the Near Future at some point after a nuclear World War Three has failed to end civilization entirely; various strategies for survival are tested in Africa, America and (it is from here that the protagonist speaks) Norway. [JC]


Film (1998). Kadokawa, Pony Canyon, Toho, Imagica, Asmik-Ace and Omega Project present an Omega Inc production in association with Ace Pictures. Written by Hayashi Junichiro, based on the novel Ringu (1991; trans Robert B Rohmer and Glynne Walley as Ring 2003) by Kōji Suzuki, which draws narrative motifs from Japanese folktale Banchō Sarayashiki [for Folktale see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Directed by Hideo Nakata. Cast includes Daisuke Ban, Rie Inō, Masako, ...

Probe [tv]

US tv series (1988). MCA Television for ABC-TV. Created by Isaac Asimov and William Link. Executive Producer: Michael I Wagner. Directors included Rob Bowman, Robert Iscove, Vincent McEveety and Virgil W Vogel. Writers included Asimov, Wagner, James L Novack and Michael Piller. Cast includes Ashley Crow, Jon Cypher, Clive Revill and Parker Stevenson. Two-hour pilot film plus six 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Reclusive, socially awkward scientific genius Austin James (Stevenson) has founded ...

Stewart, Sean

Pseudonym of US author Michael Sean Irwin (1965-    ), in Canada from young adulthood but resident in the US again from 1995; much of his work has been fantasy, though his first novel, Passion Play (1992), which is sf, depicts a Near Future America governed by the fundamentalist religious right. The story is told by a female private eye in standard noir style, down to the sequence of interviews with suspects which make up the centre of the narrative; although there are fewer ...

Superworld Comics

US Comics series. Publisher: Hugo Gernsback as Kosmos Publishing. Three bimonthly issues, April to August 1940. / Arguably the first all-sf comic, this was Gernsback's short-lived venture into the comics field, launched soon after the Fiction House title Planet Comics made its debut in January 1940. Regular features with cover billing on all three issues were "Buzz Allen, Invisible Avenger", scripted by Charles D Hornig with artwork by Frank R Paul (also responsible for all three covers), ...

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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