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Schlee, Ann

(1934-2023) US author, in UK from the 1950s, who mostly wrote historical novels, initially for Young Adult readers and later for adult audiences. Of sf interest is The Vandal (1979), an early example of the future Dystopia whose adolescent protagonist is banned from a central oppressive City, in this case a culture where enforced Amnesia intensifies the tyranny. ...

Day of the Dead

Film (1985). Laurel. Directed by George Romero. Written by Romero. Cast includes Terry Alexander, Lori Cardille, Richard Liberty, Joseph Pilato and Howard Sherman. 101 minutes, cut to 100 minutes. Colour. / Romero's plan, after showing the initial Zombie attacks in Night of the Living Dead (1968) and the total breakdown of society in ...

Burnside, John

(1955-2024) Scottish poet, journalist and author, active from the mid-1980s. The protagonist of his first novel, The Dumb House (1997), narrates the tale in a voice occasionally evocative of the first-person protagonist of Iain Banks's The Wasp Factory (1984); with Mad-Scientist intensity, he describes his attempt to raise his own children entirely deprived of any external access to language (see ...

Stead, Robert J C

(1880-1959) Canadian poet and author, best known for the nonfantastic novel Grain (1926). Of some sf interest are Dennison Grant: A Novel of To-Day (1920), in which the unpacking of a Utopian land settlement scheme infers a movement into the Near Future; and The Copper Disc (1931) features a Mad Scientist who plans to rule the world through the powers contained ...

Day, Martin

(1968-    ) UK scriptwriter and author, latterly identified with Doctor Who owing to his novel Ties to that sequence. He has also written several nonfiction books on various Television areas of interest. Of his novelizations, Doctor Who: The Sleep of Reason (2004) has received considerable praise for its tight plotting and intimate scale, as a young woman who has attempted ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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