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Gratacap, Louis Pope

(1851-1917) US naturalist, museum curator and author whose first writings were nonfiction essays like "The Ice Age" for the Popular Science Monthly in 1878. His first sf novel, The Certainty of a Future Life in Mars: Being the Posthumous Papers of Bradford Torrey Dodd (1903), remains his best known. Dying in the conviction that dead humans transcendentally ascend to a Martian Reincarnation as embodied spirits, the narrator's father is soon communicating from there by radio with his son. Martian ...

Southland Tales

Film (2007). Universal Pictures and Cherry Road Films present a Cherry Road Films/Darko Entertainment and MHF Zweite Academy Film production in association with Inferno Distribution and Eden Roc Productions with Persistent Entertainment. Written and directed by Richard Kelly. Cast includes Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dwayne Johnson, Christopher Lambert, Jon Lovitz, Mandy Moore, Miranda Richardson, Seann William Scott and Justin Timberlake. 145 minutes. Colour. / Three years after nuclear ...

Robertson, Dale

(?   -    ) US author known only for The Son of the Phantom (1944), a Tie to the Comic The Phantom scripted by Lee Falk. The novel is based on the 1944-1945 newspaper storyline "The Childhood of the Phantom", telling of the young Phantom's jungle childhood, US education, and return to Africa to inherit the crime-fighting role of The Phantom from his father (as has been traditional for many generations). Ray Moore is credited with the artwork for the comics ...

Ayreon

Heavy-metal prog-rock band founded by Dutch musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen (1960-    ). The group's first album, The Final Experiment (1995) is a curious and rather lurid combination of Dark Age Arthuriana and futuristic apocalypse: scientists from the year 2084 send messages back in time (see Time Radio) to a fifth-century minstrel called Ayreon who then relays their doomy message in song. Actual Fantasy (1996) is not a concept album, although several of the songs are sf ...

Edwards, Megan

(1952-    ) US author, active from the mid 1990s, perhaps best known for her nonfantastic Copper Black detective thriller series beginning with Getting Off On Frank Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery (2017) [series is not listed below]. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Rubicon" in Mensa Journal for September 2015, which forms the basis for her first sf novel, A Coin for the Ferryman (2022), a Time Travel story in which Julius Caesar is kidnapped just before his ...

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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