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Host, The

Film (2013). IAV International in association with Silver Reel. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. Based on The Host (2008) by Stephenie Meyer. Cast includes Jake Abel, Emily Browning (uncredited), Chandler Canterbury, William Hurt, Max Irons, Diane Kruger and Saoirse Ronan. 125 minutes. Colour. / A race of benign interstellar parasites (see Parasitism and Symbiosis), who carry out the Colonization of Other Worlds by inserting their wormlike bodies into the brainstem of local host ...

Buck, Charles H

Pseudonym of US authors Ray Buck (?   -    ) and Hugh C Culik (1950-    ) for the Near Future medical thriller, The Master Cure (1989), in which white supremacists develop a virus intended to act only against "undesirables", which in this context means non-whites (see Race in SF). [JC]

Lim, Eugene

(?   -    ) US professional librarian and author, active from the early 2000s, whose works of interest can be characterized as metafictions (see Fabulation; Postmodernism and SF). Fog & Car (2008) is gonzo but essentially nonfantastic. One of the disjointed narrative paths in The Strangers [for subtitle see Checklist below] (2013) includes a crew of intersecting Doppelgangers on a Ship of Fools-cum-Library. In Dear Cyborgs: A Novel (2017), two Asian ...

Chambers, Julius

(1850-1920) US journalist, noted for his daring in the gathering of far-flung stories, with the Philadelphia Times from 1900; and author of "In Sargasso": Missing, a Romance; Narrative of Capt. Austin Clark, of the Tramp Steamer "Caribas," Who, for Two Years, Was a Captive Among the Savage People of the Seaweed Sea (1896), a Lost Race tale – the race is composed of descendants of slaves and Spaniards – whose protagonists finds a new Utopia in the Sargasso Sea, a society in which ...

Geston, Mark S

(1946-    ) US author and attorney whose remarkable first novel Lords of the Starship (1967) was published while he was still a student at Kenyon College. This work, which establishes the dark mood of all his fiction and is like its immediate successors – each of which is a study in cultural and technological Decadence – is set in a weary, war-torn Far-Future Earth, describes a dilapidated centuries-long attempt to construct an enormous Spaceship whose completion ...

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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