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Grant, Matthew

(?    -    ) UK author whose only sf novel is the unremarkable Space Opera Hyper-Drive (1962). [DRL]

Being John Malkovich

Film (1999). Gramercy Pictures presents a Propaganda Films/Single Cell Pictures production. Directed by Spike Jonze. Written by Charlie Kaufman. Cast includes John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich. 112 minutes. Colour. / A professionally thwarted puppeteer (Cusack) takes a job in an idiosyncratic office where he discovers a portal which gives fifteen-minute access into the head of a real-life actor, John Malkovich ...

Ballard, Isaac Fowler

(1826-1897) UK tax officer ("supervisor of excise") and author of The Prophetic Future of the Empire of Great Britain: Dedicated to her Royal and Imperial Majesty the Queen (1871 chap), in which the Battle of Dorking scenario is taken to predict a Future History in which Britain triumphs. [JC]

Alhaiza, Adolphe

(1839-1922) French journalist and author, a disciple of the socialist philosopher Charles Fourier (1772-1839). Of sf interest is Cybèle, Voyage extraordinaire dans l'avenir (1891 as by Jean Chambon; trans Brian Stableford as Cybele: An Extraordinary Voyage into the Future 2013), in which a young man is transported by astral projection to the planet Cybèle, across the galaxy and identical to Earth, except for the ...

Leather Goddesses of Phobos

Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Steve Meretzky. Platforms: Amiga, Amstrad, AppleII, Atari8, AtariST, C64, DOS, Mac. / Leather Goddesses of Phobos is a puzzle-based text Adventure game set in 1936. The eponymous alien women intend to invade Earth and turn it into their private pleasure world; as the adventure begins the player (having chosen a male or female character) is ...

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 ...

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