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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Destination Inner Space

Film (1966). United Pictures/Harold Goldman/Magna. Directed by Francis Lynch. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Scott Brady, Gary Merrill, Sheree North and Mike Road. 83 minutes. Colour. / This minuscule-budget sf film is set in a research station Under the Sea whose Scientists discover a sunken Alien Spaceship and are menaced by its freed occupant, an ...

Fraser, Joseph

(?   -?   ) Australian phrenologist and author of Melbourne and Mars – My Mysterious Life on Two Planets. Extracts from the Diary of a Melbourne Merchant (1889), a Utopia set on Mars. [JC]

Hunger Games, The

Film (2012). Lionsgate/Color Force. Directed by Gary Ross. Written by Ross, Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray. Cast includes Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and Donald Sutherland. 142 minutes. Colour. / Immensely popular adaptation of Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games (2008), first novel of her immensely popular Young Adult series ...

Chamberlin, Joseph Edgar

(1851-1935) US editor, journalist and author, much of his newspaper work published as by the Listener. He is of sf interest for The Ifs of History (coll 1907), a series of lightly fictionalized essays in Alternate History, each essay positing a Jonbar Point and tracing its implications. Essays include "If Charles II Had Accepted the Kingship of Virginia" and had returned to his British throne with a better ...

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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