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Zindell, David

(1952-    ) US author with a degree in mathematics who began publishing sf with "The Dreamer's Sleep" for Fantasy Book in December 1984. His career properly began, however, when he won the Writers of the Future Contest with "Shanidar" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, anth 1985, ed Algis Budrys), which was modified into the first part of his first novel, the long and remarkable Neverness (1988), the first instalment of the Neverness/Requiem for Homo Sapiens ...

Atkey, Bertram

(1879-1952) UK author of many magazine stories, mostly crime fiction – his Smiler Bunn thief-as-hero stories were popular in the 1920s – plus some supernatural and sf tales. His first publication of direct sf interest seems to be "The Strange Case of Alan Moraine" (September 1912 Grand Magazine), whose title character, a noted sportsman, flies an experimental aeroplane (incorporating much new Technology) in hope of setting a high-altitude record; he is abducted by flying discs (see ...

Star Wars

Film (1977; vt Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1978 or [officially] 1981). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Peter Cushing, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness and Mark Hamill. 121 minutes, re-released Special Edition 125 minutes (1997). Colour. / One of the most financially successful sf films to date, Star Wars is an entertaining pastiche that draws upon comic strips, old movie serials, Westerns, James Bond stories, The ...

Not of This Earth

1. Film (1957). Los Altos/Allied Artists. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B Griffith, Mark Hanna. Cast includes Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Jonathan Haze and Dick Miller. 67 minutes. Black and white. / A sombre humanoid Alien (Birch), whose dark glasses conceal blank white eyes, seeks human blood and victims to send by Matter Transmitter to his home planet, whose inhabitants' blood is being "turned to dust" by radiation from continuing nuclear war. Low-budget ...

Kirkbride, John

(?   -    ) UK author, not to be confused with the UK singer-songwriter John Kirkbride (1946-    ); his Young Adult novel, Life on Urth (1994), carries its young protagonists to a Parallel World that turns out to be a comic Parody of Earth. Adventures accumulate winningly from this point. [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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