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News item dated 1 August 2012

Sad to record the death of Gore Vidal (1925-2012) on 31 July at the age of 86. A gifted mainstream novelist, he used sf and fantasy devices without embarrassment and also wrote notable criticism: his essay on Italo Calvino, for example, is very fine. Farewell.

Also gone, on 29 July: Chris Marker (1921-2012), creator of the classic time-travel film La Jetée (1963) which inspired Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys (1995).

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