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Deadly Bees, The

Film (1967). Amicus Productions. Directed by Freddie Francis. Produced by Max J Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky. Written by Robert Bloch and Anthony Marriott, loosely (see below) based on A Taste for Honey (1941; vt A Taste for Murder 1955) by Gerald Heard, credited as H F Heard. Cast includes Guy Doleman, Catherine Finn, Frank Finlay and Suzanna Leigh. 83 minutes. Colour. / An unnamed London ministry department receives letters from a beekeeper claiming that he has developed a strain of ...

Stebbing, William

(1831-1926) UK journalist, barrister, historian and author, much of whose work appeared in The Times (London) between 1868 and the end of the century in the former of leaders (or, in common modern parlance, editorials). Of his fiction, Probable Tales (coll 1899) is of some sf interest for its Satirical depictions of a number of imaginary civilizations, some of them Ruritanian, at least one evincing some characteristics of the Lost Race. The essays in Outlines (coll 1899 chap) as W S are ...

Cromie, Robert

(1855-1907) Irish journalist and author, who began his career as an author of fiction with a Future War novel, For England's Sake (1889), a somewhat congested tale set in Near Future India, in which loyal native forces turn the tide against invading Russia; a later loosely connected tale, The Next Crusade (1896), continues the action in eastern Europe: luckily, the novel ends with the Mediterranean transformed into "a British lake". The protagonists of A Plunge into Space (1890) comprising a ...

Margroff, Robert E

(1930-2015) US author who published his first story, "Monster Tracks", in If in October 1964 solo, but became best known for the collaborations with Piers Anthony which comprise all his book-length work. These began with two sf novels, The Ring (1968) – the titular device being imposed on criminals to provide an artificial conscience that punishes conscious wrongdoing with severe pain (see Crime and Punishment) – and the rather more lightweight The E.S.P. Worm (1970). After a ...

Cyborgs

The term "cyborg" is a contraction of "cybernetic organism" and refers to the product of human/machine hybridization. David Rorvik popularized the idea in his nonfiction As Man Becomes Machine (1971), writing of the "melding" of human and machine and of a "new era of participant evolution". Elementary medical cyborgs – people with prosthetic limbs or pacemakers – are already familiar, early works ringing the changes on this theme include Edgar Allan Poe's Satire "The Man that was ...

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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