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Power Sources

We live in an age of imminent resources crisis, anxiously anticipating the depletion of fossil-fuel reserves even while we become reluctant to rely on Nuclear Energy because of the Pollution problems caused by radioactive wastes and the necessary expense of decommissioning obsolete, contaminated installations. New options rely either on discoveries not yet made – the development of nuclear-fusion reactors, or of more efficient ways to convert solar energy into electricity – or on a ...

Thomson, Arthur

(1927-1990) UK illustrator, principally for Fanzines, involved in Fandom since 1954; he signed most of his work "Atom". He was the staff artist for Hyphen from issue #12 (December 1954), drawing elaborate cartoons directly on to the duplicator stencils (some of these Hyphen covers are still regarded as classics of fan Humour), and appeared in a wide variety of other UK and US fanzines. Besides his own Retribution (17 issues January 1956-July 1961) with John Berry, these venues included Algol, ...

Eschbach, Andreas

(1959-    ) German author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dolls" for c't in 1991, and whose first novel, Die Haarteppichknüpfer (1995; trans Doryl Jensen as The Carpet Makers 2005), intriguingly rewrites the normally expansive forms of American Planetary Romance and Space Opera into a bleak, compulsively storyable ideogram of the universe as prison: the carpets made by the titular carpet makers across the galaxy are aesthetically dead Entropic parodies ...

Boye, Karin

(1900-1941) Swedish poet and author, whose first-hand experience of the fall of Weimar Germany during 1932-1934 directly influenced the work for which she is best-known by English-language readers, the Dystopia Kallocain (1940; trans Gustav Lannestock 1966), one of the several great dystopias set in a dreaded Near Future to have appeared in the decades-long aftermath of World War One. George Orwell, whose novel adds World War Two to the mix, almost certainly did not encounter the text, which ...

Giant Gila Monster, The

Film (1959). Hollywood Pictures Corporation/McLendon-Radio Pictures Distributing Company. Produced by Ken Curtis. Directed by Ray Kellogg. Written by Jay Simms from an original story by Kellogg. Cast includes George "Shug" Fisher, Fred Graham, Cecil Hunt, Lisa Simone, Janice Stone, Don Sullivan and Bob Thompson. Gay McLendon. 74 minutes. Black and white. / As the film begins, two teenage lovers are attacked and killed by the titular Monster in their hot-rod automobile, which is knocked into ...

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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