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Stone, Steve

(1964-    ) UK artist working in digital media, having studied art at Nottingham University in the 1980s; he has occasionally been credited as Steven Stone. His prolific output of sf and fantasy cover artwork began with the 1997 UK reissue of Eric L Harry's Society of the Mind: A Cyberthriller (1996), followed by several 1998 Orbit paperback reprints of Patrick Tilley's Amtrak Wars sequence; 1999 saw his first fantasy cover, for The Druid of Shannara (1999) by Terry Brooks, ...

Blue Sunshine

Film (1977). Ellanby/Blue Sunshine Co. Written and directed Jeff Lieberman. Cast includes Mark Goddard, Zalman King, Robert Walden and Deborah Winters. 95 minutes. Colour. / Lieberman's first film was a witty (if disgusting) Monster Movie, Squirm (1976) – the last word on killer worms; its novelization was Squirm (1976) by Richard A Curtis. Blue Sunshine, Lieberman's second feature, is also unusually sharp and amusing for a low-budget exploitation movie. Middle-class ex-hippies ...

Science Fiction Chronicle

US Semiprozine published and edited from New York by Andrew Porter, monthly (latterly bimonthly), letter size, 206 issues to 2000 (#206 being dated June/July 2000); further issues to #267 (September 2006) published by DNA Publications, edited first by Porter and then (from #229, October 2002) by John R Douglas and (from #257, April 2005) Ian Randal Strock. Science Fiction Chronicle was founded in 1978 as a department of Porter's more elaborate (but since 1984 defunct) magazine Algol, and became ...

Clee, Mona A

(1952-    ) US author who began writing work of genre interest with "Encounter on the Ladder" in Universe 15 (anth 1986) edited by Terry Carr, and who, after a gap, turned to longer forms after publishing five further stories. Branch Point (1995) is an Alternate History for the Young Adult market, in which a group of young protagonists use Time Travel to keep the Bay of Pigs incident in 1962 from turning into a Holocaust; Overshoot (1998) less hopefully describes a Near ...

Metroid

Videogame (1986). Nintendo. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, Yoshio Sakamoto. Platforms: NES (1986); GBA (2005); Wii (2007). / Similarly to its contemporary Exile (1988), Metroid is a combination of platform and puzzle game (see Videogames), displayed from the side in two dimensions. As with many examples of the more recent action Adventure form, the solution of simple physical problems is an important aspect of the gameplay. A great deal of wide ranging exploration and potentially frustrating ...

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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