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Clark, Simon

(1958-    ) UK author, principally of Horror, who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Letter from John Shaw" in Dark Dreams #2 for Spring 1985 and has been a prolific author of short fiction ever since, with many of his stories (often set in his native Yorkshire) assembled as collections beginning with Blood & Grit (coll 1990; exp vt Blood and Grit 21 2011) [for further titles see Checklist below]. His first novel was the horror tale Nailed by the Heart ...

Erdman, Paul E

(1932-2007) Canadian-born author (of American parents), in US and Europe most of his life; consulting economist in 1958 to the European Coal and Steel Community, and a senior banker in Switzerland – where he spent eight months in jail awaiting trial on financial charges before skipping bail; he also broadcast widely. His thrillers – some of them being genuine Near-Future sf of an interesting kind – make extensive use of his experiences as an investment banker, and tend to ...

Véry, Pierre

(1900-1960) French screenwriter, journalist and author active from the mid-1920s, under several names including Toussaint Judge; best known for his many crime novels. His sf novel, Le pays sans étoiles ["Land Without Stars"] (1945; trans Stuart Gilbert as In What Strange Land 1949), is a thriller built around the possibility that a woman intruder – mysteriously connected with a Perception-distorting wasteland at the heart of a village – is in fact from another Dimension; the ...

Scaevola, Peter

(?   -    ) US author of '68: A Novel of Presidential Politics (1964), set in Near Future America where a demagogic candidate exploits racism, anti-semitism and a range of fundamentalist Paranoias in his bid to become president. [JC]

Transcendence [film]

American film (2014). Alcon Entertainment/DMG Entertainment/Straight Up Films. Directed by Wally Pfister. Written by Jack Paglen. Cast includes Paul Bethany, Clifton Collins Jr, Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Cory Hardrict, Cole Hauser, Falk Hentschel, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy. 119 minutes. Colour. / Brilliant Computer Scientist Will Caster (Depp), one of several researchers intent upon developing an advanced artificial intelligence (see AI), is shot as part of a coordinated ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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