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Du Brul, Jack

(1968-    ) US author who has focused on Technothrillers, some of them extending into the fantastic, as does his first novel, Vulcan's Forge (1998) as by Jack B Du Brul, which begins the Philip Mercer sequence featuring a geologist who – not entirely unlike Steven Spielberg's similarly scholarly Indiana Jones – has physical gifts extending beyond the probable. In Vulcan's Forge, a volcano has been artificially induced in 1954, 200 miles away from Hawaii (though ...

Morte Viene dallo Spazio, La

["Death Comes from Space"] Film (1958; vt Le Danger Vient de l'Espace; vt Death from Outer Space; vt The Day the Sky Exploded). Lux/C C F Lux/Royal Film. Directed by Paolo Heusch. Written by Sondra Continenza and Marcello Coscia, based on a story by Virgilio Sabel. Cast includes Jean-Jacques Delbo, Madeleine Fischer, Sam Galter, Ivo Garrini, Paul Hubschmid, Fiorella Mari, Peter Meersman, Dario Michaelis and Massimo Zeppieri. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Americans and Russians have ...

Ashley, Mike

Working name of UK editor and researcher Michael Raymond Donald Ashley (1948-    ), who has a special expertise in the history of magazine sf, fantasy and weird fiction; for this large body of significant work, he was given the Pilgrim Award for 2002. Ashley's first major work as an anthology editor was the four-volume The History of the Science Fiction Magazine, whose components are The History of the Science Fiction Magazine: Part 1 1926-35 (anth 1974), The History of the ...


Pseudonym of Scottish author Eliza Margaret Jane Gollan (1850-1938), better known as Mrs Desmond Humphreys for most of her work; she was extremely prolific, and involved in Theosophy in her later years, which may have affected her work of sf interest, The Seventh Dream (coll 1905), one of whose three novellas concerns the experimental inducing of prophetic dreams, which have been transmitted from elsewhere and which describe in detail a Utopia, sometime in Earth's future. [JC]


US tv series (2008-2013). Created by J J Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. Producers include Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Bryan Burk, and Jeff Pinkner. Directors include Brad Anderson, Joe Chappelle, Fred Toye, and Akiva Goldsman. Writers include Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner, J H Wyman, and Goldsman. Cast includes Anna Torv as Agent Olivia Dunham, John Noble as Dr Walter Bishop, Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop, Lance Reddick as Agent Phillip Broyles, Blair Brown as Nina Sharp, and Jasika ...

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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