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Preiss, Byron

(1953-2005) US book packager, anthologist and co-author of two sf/fantasy novels – Guts (1979) with C J Henderson and Dragonworld (1979) with J Michael Reaves – and The Bat Family (1984 chap; vt The Vampire State Building 1992), a juvenile. Though he has also edited and co-edited numerous Anthologies, Preiss is best known as the most successful of the independent sf book packagers (i.e., creative middlemen who conceive projects, pitch them to publishers, commission writers, artists ...

Brainstorm

Film (1983). A JF Production/MGM/UA. Directed Douglas Trumbull. Written by Robert Stitzel, Philip Frank Messina, based on a story by Bruce Joel Rubin. Cast includes Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood. 106 minutes. Colour. / A team of Scientists including the estranged husband and wife Michael Brace (Walken) and Karen Brace (Wood) invent a Virtual-Reality device which faithfully records human experiences (including the accompanying emotions) and allows them ...

Cross, Ronald Anthony

(1937-2006) US author who began publishing sf with "The Story of Three Cities" in New Worlds 6 (anth 1973) edited by Michael Moorcock and Charles Platt; the tale's steely moroseness characterizes a good deal of his work in shorter forms, much of it posthumously assembled as The Ronald Anthony Cross Science Fiction & Fantasy Megapack: 20 Great Tales (coll 2019 ebook). His first novel, Prisoners of Paradise (1988), bleakly generates a sense that the Fantasy-Island-type trap it depicts is not ...

O'Sheel, Shaemas

(1886-1954) US journalist, poet and author born James Shields, who changed his name as a very young man to its Irish equivalent. He is of sf interest for It Never Could Happen; Or, the Second American Revolution (1932), a future history Future History presented as the 1982 memoir of a key conspirator in the revolution of 1932, which begins in the very Near Future of that year, as the historical "Bonus Expeditionary Force" (brutally put down in real life by President Hoover) regroups behind a ...

H.P. Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror

US Semiprozine available as a Print Magazine for its first four issues but only as a downloadable Online Magazine for its final issue. Published by Wildside Press from Rockville, Maryland, and edited by Marvin Kaye. Of the print issues, all were letter-size except the third (actually #2), Spring 2005 which was standard size (see Magazines). The second print issue was an interim number #1.5 (Fall 2004). The magazine was a companion to Weird Tales, which it closely resembled. It ran fiction ...

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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