Cassutt, Michael

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(1954-    ) US writer who began publishing sf with "A Second Death" for Amazing in June 1974, and whose numerous television credits include serving as staff writer for The Twilight Zone in 1986 and story editor for Max Headroom in 1987; he has also written scripts of Farscape (1999-2003, 2005), Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007) and Andromeda (2000-2005). His regular (every four weeks) column for Science Fiction Weekly (see Online Magazines), "The Cassutt File", focused on sf in the visual media until the beginning of 2010, when the magazine was dissolved into Syfy Wire. His sf novel, The Star Country (1986), set in a balkanized Post-Holocaust USA, competently dovetails two stories, one concerning an Alien who escapes to Earth, the other a commune which has attempted to turn its collective back on the world. Of his Technothrillers, Tango Midnight (2003) is of sf interest for its setting in a Space Station, and for the behaviour of the biotech tycoon aboard the station, who accidentally lets loose a deadly spore into orbit. His Who's Who in Space: The First 25 Years (1987; exp vt Who's Who in Space: The International Space Year Edition 1993) provides biographies of a wide range of people involved in the first years of humanity's move off-planet. Sacred Visions (anth 1991) with Andrew M Greeley is an anthology, by no means pious, of sf about and/or reflecting Religion. [JC]

Michael Joseph Cassutt

born Owatonna, Minnesota: 13 April 1954

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