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McCardell, Roy L

(1870-?1961) US screenwriter and author, whose extremely early Tie, The Diamond from the Sky: A Romantic Novel (coll of linked stories 1916), puts in book form his own filmscript about an Asteroid with a great diamond at its heart which plummets into seventeenth-century western America. McCardell also appeared as himself in the live-action prologue to Winsor McCay's pioneering animated film, Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). [JC]


Film (1984). Dino De Laurentiis/Universal. Directed by David Lynch. Written by Lynch, based on Dune (fixup 1965) by Frank Herbert. Cast includes Francesca Annis, Kyle MacLachlan, Kenneth McMillan, many others, Sting and Sean Young. 137 minutes. Colour. / Seldom has a big-budget genre film been so execrated by fans and film critics alike. Certainly its narrative is confused to the point of incoherence, showing signs of last-minute, lunatic cutting. Certainly the many-layered story of ...


Role Playing Game (2002). Arc Dream Publishing (ADP). Designed by Dennis Detwiller, Greg Stolze. / Godlike is a Superhero game set in an alternate version of World War Two, in which "Talents" with superhuman powers exist, but are not much more powerful than ordinary humans. The result is a grim and gritty setting where the players are bigger than life, but the war is larger than them; character deaths are frequent, and nothing they do is likely to significantly affect the course of the ...

Hoyt, Francis Deming

(1843-1922) US author whose sf novel, The Coming Storm (1913), castigates socialism, and workers' movements in general, from a conservative Catholic position in its depiction of a Near Future rising tide of oppression. [JC]

Wellington, David

(1971-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Chuy and the Fish" in The Undead (anth 2005) edited by Elijah Hall and D L Snell; also writes as D Nolan Clark, a pseudonym restricted to his sf. Most of Wellington's work has been horror, with an emphasis on Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies (see Horror in SF), his first series, the Frostbite sequence beginning with Frostbite: A Werewolf Tale (2009; vt Cursed: A Werewolf Tale 2010) being typical. Of some ...

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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