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Mackel, Kathryn

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author who writes for adult and Young Adult readers as Kathryn Mackel, and for younger readers as Kathy Mackel. Her work throughout is infused with Christian beliefs and advocacies, which govern her deployment of sf tropes, so that events initially seen as sf soon become Equipoisal between sf and supernatural fiction before unfolding in terms of dramas where the End of the World is couched as a Godgame drama designed to separate sinners from ...

Helluva Boss

US animated webseries (2019-current). Spindle House. Created and directed by Vivienne Medrano. Written by Vivienne Medrano and Brandon Rogers. Voice cast includes Richard Horvitz, Erica Lindbeck, Vivian Nixon, Bryce Pinkham and Brandon Rogers. Eight 11- to 22-minute episodes (including the pilot). Colour. / Imps (see Supernatural Creatures) are on the lower rungs of society in Hell (see Eschatology); however one, Blitzo (Rogers), has set up a business. Should any of the damned still hold a ...

Yesterday Machine, The

Film (1963). Carter Film Productions. Directed, produced and written by Russ Marker. Cast includes James Britton, Carol Gilley, Jack Herman, Tim Holt, Linda Jenkins, Robert Bob Kelly, Ann Pellegrino, Olga Powell, Jay Ramsey, Bill Thurman and Charles Young. 85 minutes. Black and white. / Ex-Nazi Scientist Professor Ernst Von Hauser (Herman), based with his henchmen near a small town in Texas, has perfected Time Travel and intends to alter history so that Nazi Germany is victorious (see ...

Arnold, Frank Edward

Working name of UK author Francis Joseph Eric Edward Arnold (1914-1987), active in World War Two; in the 1930s he was an early member of UK Fandom, publishing in Fanzines – including the first two issues of this incarnation of New Worlds – as Francis Arnold. His first professional sale was "City of Machines" in Tales of Wonder for Summer 1939; three further Pulp magazine stories followed in 1941-1954. The first (under his preferred title "The Mad Machines") was assembled with three ...

Charteris, Leslie

(1907-1993) US author born as Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin in Singapore, educated in the UK; he legally changed his name to Leslie Charteris in 1928, and became a US citizen in 1946. He remains known almost exclusively for the long picaresque crime/thriller sequence featuring Simon Templar alias The Saint. This saga began with the author's second novel Meet the Tiger! (1928; vt The Saint Meets the Tiger 1940), though Charteris experimented with and discarded other heroes in three further ...

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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