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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Masterman, Walter S

(1876-1946) UK author of detective thrillers some of which, like The Yellow Mistletoe (1930), combine romance, detection, mystery and Lost Races; in this case a young woman named Diana has been abducted by the representative of an ancient fertility cult whose members live in a hidden valley in the Balkans, and who conduct fertility rites (see Sex) in the springtime. Similarly told, but of stronger sf interest, ...

Donald, Matthew

(?   -    ) US author whose Megazoic sequence beginning with Megazoic (2017) combines Planetary Romance, Young Adult shenanigans and Space Opera, with dinosaurs as protagonists. Of perhaps greater interest is Teslanauts (2022), a Young Adult tale set in a ...

Blade, Alexander

One of the longest-lasting Ziff-Davis House Names, originally the personal pseudonym of David Vern (see David V Reed) – whose contributions under the name have not been identified, though probably "The Strange Adventure of Victor MacLiesh" (May 1941 Amazing) is by him. The name was later used by Alfred Bester, though for a non-sf ...

Murder in a Blue World

Spanish film (1973; original title Una gota de sangre para morir amando ["A Drop of Blood to Die Loving"]; vt To Love, Perhaps to Die, 1975; Clockwork Terror, 1986). José Frade Producciones / Cinematográficas S.A. / Intercontinental Productions. Directed by Eloy de la Iglesia. Written by Eloy de la Iglesia, José Luis Garci, Antonio Fons, Antonio Artero and George Lebourg. Cast includes Sue Lyon, ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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