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A for Andromeda

UK tv serial (1961). A BBC TV production. Produced by Michael Hayes, Norman Jones, written John Elliot from a storyline by Fred Hoyle. Cast includes Julie Christie, Peter Halliday, Esmond Knight, Mary Morris, Patricia Neale, John Nettleton and Frank Windsor. Seven episodes, the first six at 45 minutes, the last 50 minutes. Black and white. / In the then Near Future of 1970, a radio signal transmitted from the Andromeda Galaxy proves, when decoded by maverick Scientist Fleming (Halliday), to ...

Stirling, S M

(1953-    ) French-born author in Canada from childhood; he took out US citizenship in 2003. He began publishing work of genre interest with Snowbrother (1985), the first volume of the Fifth Millennium fantasy sequence, which continued with The Sharpest Edge (1986) with Shirley Meier, The Cage (1989) with Meier, and Shadow's Son (1991) with Meier and Karen Wehrstein. It was, however, with his second series, the Alternate-History Draka sequence – Marching through ...

Stover, Matthew

(1962-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest under his full name Matthew Woodring Stover with the Barra the Pict Fantasy diptych comprising Iron Dawn (1997) and Jericho Moon (1998). Of sf interest is the Acts of Caine sequence opening with Heroes Die (1998), in which a future corporate Dystopian Earth exploits a fantasy Parallel World (see Science and Sorcery) by infiltrating "actors" who are required to play out graphically violent Sword and Sorcery ...

Krol, Torsten

(?   -    ) Australian author, whose reclusiveness has led to unconfirmed speculations that Torsten Krol is a pseudonym. His first novel, The Dolphin People (2006) skirts the fantastic in its depiction of the extreme behaviour of a German family (including at least one war criminal) whose plane has crashed in the Amazonian jungle just after World War Two, and who must convince the tribe that discovers them that they are in fact descended from dolphins. ...

Morgan, Joseph

(1671-circa 1742) US minister, entrepreneur and author in various modes. His The History of the Kingdom of Basaruah [for subtitle see Checklist] (1715; cut vt Brief History of the Country of Humanity [for subtitle see Checklist] 1728), as by A Traveller in Basaruah, stands as the first prose fiction written and published in what would become the USA. Though more important as an allegory than as an example of Proto SF, Basaruah does represent the narrative of an Imaginary Voyage to an ...

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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