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Flint, Eric

(1947-2022) US author, who spent many years before beginning his writing career as a longshoreman and then machinist, as well as serving as a labour organizer and member of the Socialist Workers Party (whose origins date back to the prime years of the Wobblies in 1920s America). His first work of genre interest was "Entropy, and the Strangler" (in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume IX, anth 1993, ed Dave Wolverton), though he ...

Zombies of the Stratosphere

Serial Film (1952; vt Satan's Satellites). Republic Pictures. Produced by Franklin Andreon. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes Lane Bradford, Judd Holdren, Leonard Nimoy, Aline Towne and Wilson Wood. 12 episodes. 167 minutes. Black and white. / Marex (Bradford) and Nareb (Nimoy), humanoid-appearing Aliens from Mars, arrive on Earth and make preparations to ...

Lessing, Doris

(1919-2013) Persian- (Iranian-) born author, in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) 1925-1949, in UK subsequently. Her long career – which eventually earned her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 – can be roughly divided into two broad periods. She began publishing stories in 1948, and from that date until the end of the 1960s she was best known for searching mimetic novels which acutely anatomized a range of topics, from the post-colonial role of ...


Film (2009). Twentieth Century Fox in association with Dune Entertainment and Ingenious Film Partners present a Lightstorm Entertainment production. Written and directed by James Cameron. Cast includes Stephen Lang, Joel David Moore, Giovanni Ribisi, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver and Sam Worthington. Original version 162 minutes; 2010 Special Edition 170 minutes. Colour, 3D. / Cameron's first science fiction film since ...

Finlay, Iain

(1935-    ) Australian journalist and author whose sf novel, The Azanian Assignment (1978), is set in a Near Future South Africa weakened by guerrilla assaults, seemingly from Tanzania; the end of apartheid clearly looms. [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 ...

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