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Anderton, Joanne

(?   -    ) New Zealand author who also writes as Jo Anderton, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trail of Dead" in Zombies (anth 2007) edited by Robert N Stephenson; the tale was assembled, along with a considerable proportion of her short fiction, as The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (coll 2013). Most of her short work has been fantasy and horror, though her first book publications – The Veiled Worlds sequence comprising Debris ...

Rohmer, Sax

Pseudonym of UK stage lyricist, journalist and author Arthur Henry Ward (1883-1959), who began calling himself Arthur Sarsfield Ward after his mother's death in 1901; he signed some early stories as A Sarsfield Ward, including his first work of genre interest, "The Mysterious Mummy" in Pearson's Weekly for the Christmas Issue, 24 November 1903. He also published various early work in Cassell's Magazine, Chambers Journal, Collier's Weekly, The Premier Magazine and numerous other early general ...

Outer Limits, The

1. US tv series (1963-1965). A Daystar/Villa di Stefano Production for United Artists, ABC TV. Created by Leslie Stevens, also executive producer. Produced by Joseph Stefano (season 1), Ben Brady (season 2). Writers included Stefano (many episodes), Stevens, David Duncan, Robert Towne, Harlan Ellison, Meyer Dolinsky, John Mantley, Jerry Sohl and Ib Melchior. Directors included Byron Haskin, Leonard Horn, Gerd Oswald and Charles Haas. Two seasons; 49 50-minute episodes. Black and white. / ...

Man's Best Friend

Film (1993). New Line Cinema/Roven-Cavello Entertainment. Written and directed by John Lafia. Cast includes John Cassini, Robert Costanzo, Lance Henriksen, Fredric Lehne and Ally Sheedy. 87 minutes. Colour. / Routine sf/horror movie, with moments of black humour: Dr Jarret (Henriksen) has been performing animal experiments at the EMAX research lab, and has created a super killer guard dog through DNA splicing, some of the imported genes coming from other species (see Genetic Engineering). ...

Gray, John

(1866-1934) UK poet and translator of French Symbolist verse, best known as a member of London's decadent-aesthetic movement of the 1890s, when he was associated with Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898), Ernest Dowson (1867-1900) and Oscar Wilde and is a possible candidate for the title character of Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (July 1890 Lippincott's Monthly; exp 1891). In Gray's one gently humorous novel, Park: A Fantastic Story (1932), Catholic priest Father Mungo Park dreams of a Timeslip ...

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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