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Boys from Brazil, The

Film (1978). Producer Circle. Directed Franklin J Schaffner. Written by Heywood Gould, based on The Boys from Brazil (1976) by Ira Levin. Cast includes Jeremy Black, James Mason, Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck. 125 minutes. Colour. / Like the novel on which it is based, this is an absurd but entertaining concoction of pulp-thriller conventions with some rather interesting scientific conjecture about environment and heredity. Joseph Mengele (Peck), the notorious Nazi doctor, is discovered ...

Van Hise, Della

(1955-    ) US author who caused some controversy with her first and only Star Trek novel, Star Trek #24: Killing Time (1985; rev with expurgations 1987), her initial version reflecting elements of slash fiction (see Fan Language) through an implied sexual relationship between Captain Kirk and Mr Spock. Her later work in general emplaces romantic themes into fantasticated worlds, sometimes sf, though the first of these, Ragged Angels (1997; vt Sons of Neverland 2014), is a ...

Stauber, Katy

(1976-    ) US author whose first novel, Revolution World (2011), is a Hard SF tale set in a Near Future America after the full effects of Climate Change; the protagonist, whose advances in Genetic Engineering are coveted by a combination of international corporation and a corrupt military, leads her into a Libertarian revolt centred in Texas. The tale is told with exuberance. Spin the Sky (2012) replays Homer's Odyssey (circa 700 BCE), with an intricately and plausibly ...

Tallis, Frank

(1958-    ) UK clinical psychologist and author, mostly of The Liebermann Papers series, a nonfantastic crime novel series set in pre-1914 Vienna; of sf interest are Killing Time (1999), whose protagonist, after episodes of psychosis while trapped in a Virtual Reality world, commits murders in the here and now; and Sensing Others (2000), whose protagonist suffers Drugs-induced experiences of Telepathy and possible Identity Exchange. As F R Tallis, he has published several ...

Kane, James J

(1837-1921) Canadian-born US Naval officer from 1861 until his retirement in 1896, rising as chaplain to the rank of Rear Admiral. Ilian; Or, the Curse of the Old South Church of Boston: A Psychological Tale of the Late Civil War (1888) is more a Gothic tale than an sf exploration into abnormal Psychology, but its ornate workings out of a plot based on genetic determinism give it some interest. [JC]

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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