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Kerr, Artemus P

(1851-?1901) US author of a spoof sf Satire, The Lost Tribes and the Land of Nod: An Original Natural Gas Story (1897 chap), whose narrator, after a Fantastic Voyage to an Island where he finds a Lost World containing the Lost Tribes of Israel and starts an industrial revolution. [JC]

Baggott, Julianna

(1969-    ) US poet and author who has focused on dysfunctional family-romance narratives based on her own family – including a volume of poems, The Country of Mothers (coll 2001) and The Madam (2003), which is slightly fantasticated – and tales for teenage girls. Her Bodies sequence for children – comprising The Anybodies (2004), The Nobodies (2005) and The Somebodies (2006), all as by N E Bode – similarly confronts dysfunctional families, and ...

Men in Black

Film (1997). Columbia Pictures Industries Inc/Amblin Entertainment. Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, executive producer Steven Spielberg. Written by Ed Solomon, based on the Aircel Comic The Men in Black (1990-1991) by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy Carruthers. Cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Linda Fiorentino, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith. 98 minutes. Colour. / Despite the blissful unawareness of almost everybody, Aliens are among us – especially in Manhattan (see New York), which is ...

Deep Blue Sea

Film (1999). Warner Bros Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures-Groucho III Film Partnership an Alan Richie-Tony Ludwig/Akiva Goldsman production. Directed by Renny Harlin. Written by Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers and Wayne Powers. Cast includes Saffron Burrows, LL Cool J, Thomas Jane, Samuel L Jackson, Jacqueline McKenzie and Stellan Skarsgård. 105 minutes. Colour. / A trio of sharks Genetically Engineered with human brain tissue attack the Scientists at an ...

Four-Sided Triangle

Film (1952). Hammer. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Paul Tabori, Fisher, based on The Four-Sided Triangle (November 1939 Amazing as "The 4-Sided Triangle"; exp 1949) by William F Temple. Cast includes Stephen Murray, Barbara Payton and John Van Eyssen. 81 minutes, cut to 71 minutes. Black and white. / A scientist builds a Matter-Duplication machine capable of duplicating human beings. He duplicates the woman he loves but who is in love with another man, only to have the duplicate, ...

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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