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Collins, Bridget

(1981-    ) UK actor and author active in the latter capacity, usually as by B R Collins, from the publication of The Traitor Game (2008), the first of several Young Adult novels, some containing fantasy elements. She is of wider interest for her two adult novels. The Binding (2019) is a fantasy about the ability of Story to tell the life of its teller. The Betrayals (2020) is no more fantasy than Hermann Hesse's Das Glasperlenspiel (1943 2vols; trans M Savill as Magister ...

Wakefield, Tom

(1935-1996) UK teacher and author, who wrote nonfiction about his teaching experiences at special schools in Hackney (an East London borough); his only novel of sf interest, The Love Siege (1979), also reflects his pedagogical experiences through its depiction of a Dystopian Near Future London where all "handicapped" children are condemned to extermination. The staff of the school revolts. Wakefield's other fiction mostly comprised acute and humorous depictions of gay life in his era. [JC]

Woman Eater, The

Film (1958) (vt Womaneater, 1959). Fortress Film Productions, Ltd/Eros Films (UK), Columbia Pictures (US). Produced by Guido Coen. Directed by Charles Saunders. Written by Brandon Fleming from his original story. Cast includes George Coulouris, Vera Day, Joyce Gregg and Jimmy Vaughn. 70 minutes. Black and white. / The sadistic, misogynist Mad Scientist Dr James Moran (Coulouris) returns from the Amazon with a tentacled carnivorous tree to which he feeds only women in order to extract a ...

Amis, Kingsley

(1922-1995) UK author, poet and critic; father of Martin Amis. He took his MA at Oxford, and was a lecturer in English at Swansea 1949-1961 and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1961-1963. Though best known for such social comedies as his first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), which won him the sobriquet "Angry Young Man" (a journalistic catch-phrase of the 1950s, applied to several very different authors including Colin Wilson), he was also closely connected with sf throughout his professional life. As ...

Klainer, Jo-Ann

(1937-    ) US author of two sf novels in collaboration with her husband Albert S Klainer, The Eleventh Plague (1973; typographical vt The 11th Plague 1976 as Albert S Klainer and Jo-Ann Klainer) as by L T Peters (see Pandemic), and The Judas Gene (1980) with Albert S Klainer. Both mix Horror in SF and Genetic Engineering. [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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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