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Hubschman, Thomas

(1941-    ) US author of two Space Opera adventures, Alpha-II (dated 1979 but 1980) and Space Ark (1981); the latter attempts, with some ambition, to conflate complex Apes as Human issues on a threatened Earth some time in the future, but tends to melodramatics that, in the light of the New Space Opera now ascendant, seem simplistic. [JC]

Skal, David J

(1952-    ) US author whose first novel, Scavengers (1980), suggests some sf basis for a plot involving Memory transfer in a corrupt world. His second, When We Were Good (1981), evokes a powerful sense of cultural despair in the tale of a sterile world in which Genetically Engineered hermaphrodites (see Gender) fail to represent an emblem of hope for the terminal remnants of normal humanity. A sense that Skal is by inclination a horror writer is intensified by the entropic ...

Gotschalk, Felix C

(1929-2002) US author and psychologist who began publishing sf with "Outer Concentric" and "The Examination" for New Dimensions 4 (anth 1974) edited by Robert Silverberg. In a relatively short time he established a reputation as an author of high linguistic energy whose many stories emote a ruthless savvy about the future. Many of his tales are narrated through stunning linguistic displays of the emotional and physiological ways of being that humans display in isolation and in their relations ...

Hoch, Edward D

(1930-2008) US author best known for his crime novels and stories, his first story, "Village of the Dead" for Famous Detective Stories in December 1955, introducing Simon Ark, an Occult Detective [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] who claims to be a 2000-year-old Coptic priest. Some of these stories are collected in The Judges of Hades and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971), City of Brass and Other Simon Ark Stories (coll 1971) and The Quests of Simon Ark (1984); they are only ...

Europa Report

Film (2013). Magnet Releasing and Wayfare Entertainment present a Wayfare Entertainment production. Directed by Sebastián Cordero. Written by Philip Gelatt. Cast includes Christian Camargo, Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu and Karolina Wydra. 89 minutes. Colour. / Six astronauts search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon. / Found Footage forms the basis of this uneasy-but-interesting mixture of Spacesuit Film and Horror in SF told ...

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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