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Winterson, Jeanette

(1959-    ) UK author, much of whose work juggles elements out of the Fantastika toolkit to dramatize deeply held arguments about Gender (see also Feminism); as her work edges constantly into the allegorical it is, however, not easy to think of her as a natural author of the fantastic, though her work is too various and transgressive for her to be categorized as a Mainstream Writer of SF. After her nonfantastic first novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), Boating for ...

Mugnaini, Joe

(1912-1992) Working name of American artist Joseph Anthony Mugnaini, born in Italy, though he moved to Los Angeles with his parents when he was still an infant. Although respected for accomplishments in other areas, Mugnaini is best known for his long association with Ray Bradbury, who regarded him as both a friend and the best interpreter of his work. As a result, he did the covers and interior art for several first editions of Bradbury's works, as well as related projects like illustrations ...

Kloor, Mary Conway

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel is My Beloved Troshanus (1963), a romantic love story which deals with Sex and Gender issues through a strong female lead character. [JC/DRL]

Gurdon, J E

(1898-1973) UK soldier – as a World War One flying ace he won a DFC – and author, publishing many stories in UK magazines, and two books of some sf interest: Feeding the Wind (1924), featuring a Mad Scientist who almost blows up the world; and a Lost World tale for Young Adult readers, The Secret of the South (1950), featuring a Hollow Earth reachable through the South Pole, where the young protagonists find a Lost World peopled by Polarians fighting for their lives against the ...

Cyborg 2087

Made-for-tv film (1966). Feature Film Corp. Directed by Franklin Adreon. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Wendell Corey, Eduard Franz, Michael Rennie, Karen Steele and Warren Stevens. 86 minutes. Colour. / This film, which though made for television achieved theatrical release, has a renegade Cyborg (Rennie) from 2087 CE going back to 1966 to prevent a scientist (Franz) from creating a device that will later be used by a totalitarian government for a mind-control programme to which ...

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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