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Eldred, Tim

(1965-    ) US illustrator and author of Graphic Novels whose Young Adult Space Opera, Grease Monkey (graph 2006), poses its young protagonist a series of practical problems as he comes to terms with his role as a low-ranking cadet mechanic drafted into humanity's fight back against the Alien assault which has decimated Earth's population. His main problems come from his need to relate to his boss on board the vast space artefact which houses the heart of Earth's response ...

Reed, Ishmael

(1938-    ) US poet, playwright and author, who emerged in the 1960s as a central representative of the New Black Aesthetic movement, and a figure controversial to the Black critical establishment from the publication of his first novel, The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967), a powerful Satire in which America is visualized as the digestive system of a cannibal used-car salesman. Yellow-Back Radio Broke-Down (1969), a surreal Western with sf-like anachronisms (including a ...

Jäger, Willigis

(1925-2020) German monk and author of Der Alte aus Atlantis (1982; trans Ingrid Racz as The Old Sage of Atlantis 1995) as Willigis, in which an explorer examining Mayan ruins finds the Underground domain of a survivor of Atlantis, who transmits the story of its splendour and its fall. [JC]

Russo, Richard Paul

(1954-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Firebird Suite" for Amazing in 1981. His first novel, Inner Eclipse (1988), is a strongly atmospheric tale, illuminated by striking visual images, which describes a search for Alien intelligence on a jungle world whose major industry is the export of an extremely dangerous recreational Drug. The protagonist, an empath (see ESP) who wants to abandon humanity (to whose violence and hypocrisy his talent bares him) in favour of ...

Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour, The

Animated tv series (1977-1978). Filmation Associates for CBS-TV. Executive Producers: Norm Prescott and Lou Scheimer. Directors, writers unknown. Cast includes Robert Ridgley, Burt Ward and Adam West. Based on characters created by Bob Kane, Edgar Rice Burroughs. Uncertain number of 60-minute episodes. Colour. / The second seasons of both Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976-1978) and The New Batman Adventures (1977) were combined under this title. Both heroes appear in separate 30-minute ...

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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