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Joron, Andrew

(1955-    ) US poet and author, much of whose work is coloured by – or directly engages in – sf, and who began to publish Poetry of specifically genre interest with "The Sonic Flowerfall of Primes" for New Worlds #216, September 1979. Titles of interest include A Measure of Calm (1985 chap) with Robert Frazier, Force Fields (coll 1987 chap), Science Fiction (coll 1993 chap) and Invisible Machines (coll 1994 chap) with Robert Frazier; much of this material is ...

Sapir, Richard Ben

(1936-1987) US author who published some borderline fantasy as by Richard Ben and, as Richard Sapir and in collaboration with Warren B Murphy, large parts of the Destroyer series of spoof thrillers featuring the Doc Savage-like adventures of Remo Williams, a White Superhero (and avatar of Shiva the Destroyer) trained in the paranormal combat arts of Sinanju. The Assassin's Handbook (coll 1982; rev vt Inside Sinanju 1985) as by Sapir and Murphy (in fact by Will Murray) is an amused (and amusing) ...

Kdo Chce Zabít Jessii

Film (1965; vt Who Would Kill Jessie?). Filmové studio Barrandov. Directed by Miloš Macourek, Václav Vorlíček. Written by Macourek, Vorlíček. Cast includes Karel Effa, Dana Medřická, Olga Schoberová, Jiří Sovák and Juraj Višný. 80 minutes. Black and white. / This very funny Czechoslovak film was conceived for children, but the makers realized that the idea had satirical potential. An overworked ...

Foer, Jonathan Safran

(1977-    ) US author each of whose first two novels revolves around a Foer-like protagonist's confrontation with a central abomination of the current era. Everything Is Illuminated (2002) circles the Holocaust from viewpoints prior to and after the 1942 massacre of the Jews of Trochenbrod in Poland (see Holocaust Fiction). The narrator of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005) is a nine-year-old named Oskar Schell – possibly homaging the protagonist of ...

Far Out!

Australian Semiprozine, Digest-format, side-stapled, three issues, undated (but March, July and November 1985), published from East Fremantle, Western Australia by Far Out Enterprises, edited anonymously by Pamela Klacar. Subtitled "Australia's own sf/fantasy magazine", Far Out! published fiction of an amateurish nature by unknown writers. Though (astonishingly) given national distribution, it soon silently disappeared. [PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

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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