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Lake, Jay

(1964-2014) Taiwan-born US marketing executive and author, raised in Taiwan and in West Africa (his father being in the American foreign service); he began publishing work of genre interest with "The Courtesy of Guests" in Bones of the World: Tales from Time's End (anth 2001) edited by Bruce Holland Rogers, and published short fiction prolifically throughout his career. He won the 2004 John W Campbell Award for best new writer in science fiction for his stories, no novels having yet appeared. ...

Light, John

(1943-    ) UK poet and author, who began publishing sf for Robert Hale Limited with the Annals of Lavandrei sequence comprising The Well of Time (1981), The Lords of Hate (1997) and Conspiracy of the Dead (2004), Space Opera adventures consistent with Hale's requirements. In the Melgor Erdin sequence comprising No Space in Time (2002) and Tower Beyond Time (2003) Erdin, who has dislocated time-space in the first volume, attempts to restore matters in the second, an ...

Stanford, J K

(1892-1971) UK civil servant, solider and author, mostly of humorous material, whose first book, The Twelfth (1944 chap; vt The Twelfth and After: Being the Life and Death of George Hysteron-Proteron 1964), is a spoofish fantasy whose hunter protagonist is turned into a bird, and organizes his new kin to avoid being shot. His sf Satire, Full Moon at Sweatenham: A Nightmare (1953), takes rather clumsy potshots at a decadent, ludicrous Near Future UK circa 1960; the welfare state is guyed. ...


Tv series (2015 Norway; original title Occupert). TV2 Norge, Yellow Bird. Directed by Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Jon Andreas Andersen, Pål Sletaune, Erik Richter Strand, Eva Sorhaug. Written by Jo Nesbo, Karianne Lund, Erik Skjoldbjaerg et al. Cast includes Henrik Mestad, Eldar Skar, Ane Dahl Torp, Ragnhild Gudbrandsen, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Selome Imnetu, Vegar Hoel. Ten 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Banking on the potential of a newly-inaugurated thorium reactor for Norway's energy needs ...

Invasion [film]

Film (1966). Merton Park, American International Pictures. Directed by Alan Bridges. Written by Roger Marshall, based on an original story by Robert Holmes. Cast includes Lyndon Brook, Valerie Gearon, Edward Judd and Yōko Tani. 82 minutes. Black and white. / This interesting UK film tells of two humanoid Aliens of East Asian appearance whose Spaceship crash-lands on Earth outside a country hospital. It turns out that one is a prisoner of the other. Further alien "Lystrians", members of ...

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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