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Strick, Philip

Entry updated 16 August 2021. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor, Film.

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(1939-2006) UK sf and film critic, anthologist, teacher, and director of a film library. In 1969 he initiated one of the first adult evening classes in sf in the UK, sponsored by the University of London at the City Literary Institute (see SF in the Classroom), which continued until 1992 under various tutors including John Clute, Colin Greenland, Peter Nicholls, Christopher Priest, Brian Stableford and Lisa Tuttle. Strick's Science Fiction Movies (1976) is a witty, rather helter-skelter account of sf Cinema, one of the best early books on the subject (despite its lack of a filmography). His film criticism continued to appear in Monthly Film Bulletin, later incorporated into Sight and Sound; The BFI Companion to Science Fiction (2001) made some use of this material. Antigrav (anth 1975; vt Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies by SF Masters 1976) edited by Strick assembles funny sf short fiction, including John Brosnan's first-published story. [PN/JC]

Philip John Strick

born Surrey: 23 September 1939

died London: 7 October 2006

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