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Waberi, Abdourahman A

(1965-    ) Djiboutian journalist and author, mostly in France from around 1985; Le Pays sans ombre (coll 1994; trans Jeanne Garane as The Land Without Shadows 2005) assembles nonfantastic stories set in his native land. He is of sf interest for Aux États-Unis d'Afrique: Roman (2006; trans David and Nicole Ball as In the United States of Africa 2009), an Alternate World tale whose history (there is no Jonbar Point) is in a sense a mirror reversal of our own. The flow ...

Ore, Rebecca

Pseudonym of US author Rebecca Bard Brown (1948-    ), in Nicaragua from 2010, who began publishing sf with "Projectile Weapons and Wild Alien Water" for Amazing in May 1986; many of her stories, which are strong and varied, appear in Alien Bootlegger and Other Stories (coll 1993), though she probably remains best known for the Becoming Alien Trilogy, Becoming Alien (1988), Being Alien (1989) and Human to Human (1990). With a deceptive air of leisureliness, the sequence ...

Lost Missile, The

Film (1958). William Berke Productions, Inc/United Artists. Produced by William A Berke and Leo Gordon. Directed by Lester William Berke. Written by Jerome Bixby, and John McPartland from an original story by Lester William Berke. Special effects by Jack Glass. Cast includes Robert Loggia, Ellen Parker and Phillip Pine. Narrator: Lawrence Dobkin. 70 minutes. Black and white. / An unidentified missile or missile-like object is detected in near-Earth orbit, with strongly implications of ...

Peyton, Audrey

(?   -    ) UK author of Ashes (1981), a dark sf tale for Robert Hale Limited which is set in an obscurely described world devastated by Climate Change. [JC]

Watkins, Peter

(1935-    ) UK television and film director. Educated at Cambridge, Watkins worked in documentary films from 1959. He made a reputation with two quasidocumentaries for BBC TV, Culloden (1964) and The War Game (1965), which he novelized as The War Game (1967). He was one of the pioneers of the technique of staging historical or imaginary events as if they were contemporary and undergoing television-news coverage. The War Game (1965) adopted a cinema-verité manner to ...

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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