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Satellite, The

UK fanzine published from Liverpool, England, by John F Burke (Jonathan Burke) and David McIlwain (Charles Eric Maine). UK quarto (10 x 8 in), hectographed to #3 (December 1938) and duplicated thereafter. Seventeen issues, October 1938 to August 1940. Later issues credit Burke as principal editor and McIlwain as associate or art editor. / Launched as the "official organ of the Liverpool S.F.A." (Science Fiction Association), The Satellite contained fiction, feature articles and Poetry; ...

Benham, Charles

(1870-1942) UK barrister, famous in his day, and author of The Fourth Napoleon: A Romance (1897), a Near Future tale in which the eponymous ruler becomes ensnared in romance, fatally. [JC]

Planeta de las Mujeres Invasoras, El

["Planet of the Female Invaders"] Mexican film (1966; vt Planet of the Female Invaders). Estudios América/Producciones Corsa. Directed by Alfredo B Crevenna. Written by Emilio Gómez Muriel and Alfredo Ruanova. Cast includes Elizabeth Campbell, Ethel Carrillo, Graciela Doring, José Ángel "Ferrusquilla" Espinosa, José Gálvez, Rogelio Guerra, Maura Monti, Guillermo Murray, Raúl Ramirez, Adriana Roel and Lorena Velázquez. 86 minutes. Black and ...

Oldfield, Mike

(1953-    ) English composer and performer, whose multi-layered, multi-instrumental and usually vocal-free work has enjoyed considerable commercial success. His first and perhaps most influential release, Tubular Bells (1973) was a fluently inventive, varied and musically charming piece, not least in its cod-caveman interlude "Piltdown Man". Of his many dozen subsequent releases, Oldfield's most straightforwardly science-fictional album is The Songs of Distant Earth (1994), ...

Hazel, Paul

(1944-    ) US author whose Finnbranch Trilogy makes use of some sf devices, though it is primarily a Celtic fantasy about a hero – and underworld god – named Finn, told in a dense, difficult style which nevertheless has very considerable power. The first two volumes, Yearwood (1980) and Undersea (1982), are moderately orthodox, though recounted with unconventional intensity, but the third, Winterking (1985), is set in an Alternate-History version of a ...

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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