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Amazing Stories [tv]

US tv series (1985-1987; vt Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories). Amblin/Universal for NBC. Created by Steven Spielberg. Producers included Joshua Brand, John Falsey, David E Vogel. Writers included Spielberg, Frank Deese, Richard Christian Matheson, Mick Garris, Joseph Minion, Menno Meyjes, Michael McDowell, Paul Bartel. Directors included Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Hyams, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Paul Bartel, Irvin Kershner, Danny DeVito, Tom Holland, ...

La Farge, Paul

(1970-    ) US academic and author, whose first novel, The Artist of the Missing (1999), hovers along the water margin where metafiction (see Fabulation) becomes Fantastika: where narrative topoi dependent on the influence of (not untypically) Franz Kafka extend past the metaphorical applications typical of the Mainstream Writer of SF into literal tellings. The unnamed but multiply recognizable City at the heart of this first novel is conveyed, in other words, as though it ...

Coen, Franklin

(1912-1990) US screenwriter, of greatest sf relevance for the script for This Island Earth (1955). He is the co-author of a film Tie, Meteor (1979) with Edmund H North, novelizing the feature film Meteor (1979). [JC]

Kennicott, Ada M

(1860-1926) US author of Under Red Pillars (1902), a Lost World tale couched as a retelling of European fairy tales, at least one episode taking place in a Hollow Earth venue. [JC]

Winterbotham, Russ

(1904-1971) US newspaperman and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Star that Would not Behave" in Astounding for August 1935, and was a prolific contributor of Genre SF in the magazine before World War Two, becoming inactive in that sphere until the 1950s, when he again began to publish serviceable fiction. For a period in the 1940s, he created several tales for the Whitman Publishing Company (generator of the Big Little Books and other series for children), writing at ...

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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