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Whip Hand, The

Film (1951; vt The Enemy Within). RKO Radio Pictures. Produced by Lewis J Rachmil. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Written by George Bricker, and Frank L Moss from a story by Roy Hamilton, and Stanley Rubin. Cast includes Carla Balenda, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr (Steve Loomis), Elliot Reid and Otto Waldis (Dr Wilhelm Bucholtz). 82 minutes. Black and white. / While on a fishing trip to Minnesota, magazine writer Matt Corbin (Reid) stumbles across a lake where all the fish have died, ...

Brussolo, Serge

(1951-    ) French author active since the early 1980s; he has also published as by Zeb Chillicothe, Doom Kitty, D Morlok and Akira Suzuko. He has been prolific in several genres throughout his career, though for a decade or so from about 1981 he concentrated almost exclusively on sf, much of this output adventurously Equipoisal, with mythopoeic topoi conversing, at times joltingly, with plot lines derived from American Genre SF, many of his tales being exorbitant Space ...

Nabokov, Vladimir

(1899-1977) Russian-born US poet, translator, entomologist and author. Raised in Russia until the Revolution, and then educated at Cambridge, he lived between the wars in Germany and France, writing as by V Sirin; he emigrated to the USA in 1940 – at which point he began to write in English rather than Russian (he had been an accomplished translator from English into Russian for some years) – and from 1959 lived in Switzerland. His first books of poetry date from the teens of the ...

Kashiwaba Sachiko

(1953-    ) Japanese author, largely of fantasy fiction for children and Young Adults, beginning with Kiri no Mukō no Fushigi-na Machi (1975; trans Christopher Holmes as The Marvelous Village Veiled in Mist 1987), in which the titular Brigadoon-like Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], where local accents echo that of Kashiwaba's native Iwate, is revealed to a six-year-old child on a summer vacation, who is obliged to then work there to pay for ...

Jacobs, Paul Samuel

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Born into Light (1988), intriguingly combines the topos of the Feral Child and that of the Superman (see also Superheroes and the character Superman): a frail naked child tumbles from interstellar space into the home of an Earth couple, who find that he learns with unnatural speed; he and his siblings may be acquiring human genetic material in order for their race to survive. Jacobs's second Young Adult tale, Sleepers, ...

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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