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Fuentes, Carlos

(1928-2012) Mexican diplomat and author whose acerbic Magic Realism – a more worldly version of that idiom than found in the works of his coeval, Gabriel García Márquez (1928-2014) – featured in stories and novels from the 1950s on. From his first collection of short stories – Los días enmascarados ["The Masked Days"] (coll 1954; part trans Margaret Sayers Peden as Burnt Water, 1980) Fuentes made a foray into fantastic literature. In the same collection he ...


Film (1990). Universal. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by Chuck Pfarrer, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, Joshua Goldin, from a story by Raimi. Cast includes Larry Drake, Colin Friels, Frances McDormand and Liam Neeson. 91 minutes. Colour. / In its violence and simple, over-the-top characterization this is essentially the film equivalent of a Comic book, an "origin of a Superhero" story of sadism and revenge. Darkman, patterned on the Phantom of the Opera (with visual quotes reminding ...

Flipside of Dominick Hide, The

Made-for-tv film (1980). BBC TV. Directed by Alan Gibson. Teleplay Gibson, Jeremy Paul. Cast includes Peter Firth, Pippa Guard, Caroline Langrishe and Patrick Magee. 95 minutes. Colour. / This was an unexpected success, winning several awards. Hide (Firth) travels back in a flying saucer (see UFOs) from the somewhat austere 2130 CE to contemporary London to do historical research. A Candide-figure, he is confused but cheerful about what he finds, falls in love, and (of course) becomes his ...

Simon, Leonard

(?   -    ) US author, some of whose horror novels are of Horror in SF interest: in The Irving Solution (1977), New York is devastated by a Pandemic initially carried by rats but intensified by a Mad Scientist; in Reborn (1979) Immortality can only be achieved through the voluntary deaths of young people. [JC]

Hopkins, Pauline

(1859-1940) US editor, journalist, playwright, actor and author active from around 1880, whose difficult literary career (she was African-American) ended after the publication of her fourth novel, Of One Blood; Or, the Hidden Self (November 1902-January 1903 The Colored American Magazine; 2004). The protagonist of the tale – a medical student in Boston named Reuel Briggs, passing for white at a time of ferocious prejudice in America – becomes enamoured of a mysterious woman who ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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