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Eerie, Indiana

US tv series (1991-1992). Cosgrove/Meurer Productions for NBC-TV. Created by José Rivera. Produced by Rivera, Walter Barnett, Michael Cassutt. Directors included Bob Balaban, Joe Dante, and Mark Goldblatt. Writers included Cassutt, Matt Dearden. Cast includes Julia Condra, Francis Guinan, Mary-Margaret Humes, Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow. Nineteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / When the Tellers (Guinan and Humes) move to the small town of Eerie, Indiana, their twelve-year-old son ...

Corcoran, Travis J I

(1971-    ) US author of the self-published Aristillus sequence of sometimes didactically Libertarian SF novels beginning with The Powers of the Earth (2017). This first volume both acknowledges the inspiration of Robert A Heinlein's The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (December 1965-April 1966 If; 1966) and engages with many of its tropes (including strong AI) while adding others, such as Uplifted dogs. The influence of Ayn Rand is also evident. Libertarian dissidents from the ...

Holt-White, W

(1878-1937) UK journalist, film producer – he was the Head of the Editorial Department for a UK propaganda newsreel, The War Office Official Topical Budget in 1917 and 1918 – and author in various genres, in which capacity he produced nine novels of interest. In The Earthquake: A Romance of London in 1907 (1906) a ruined London is taken in hand by an aristocratic Prime Minister; Holt-White explicitly stated that he based the tale on the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. In The Man ...

Russ, Joanna

(1937-2011) US academic and author who taught at various universities from 1970; she was a professor of English at the University of Washington from 1977 until her retirement in 1991. She began publishing sf in September 1959 with "Nor Custom Stale" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, a journal to which she also contributed intermittent but influential book reviews between 1967 and 1980. Her early work is less formally innovative than the stories she began to publish in the 1970s, ...

Cameron, Claire

(1973-    ) Canadian author whose third novel, The Last Neanderthal (2017), combines a Prehistoric SF narrative – whose Neanderthal protagonist finds herself intimately involved with a Homo sapiens male as the weather worsens – with the twenty-first century story of a pregnant archaeologist who, 40,000 years later, discovers her ancestor's bones. The close community of Neanderthal and Homo sapiens is argued forcefully (see Evolution), and the continuity of life ...

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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