Proctor, Geo W

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(1946-2008) US teacher, occasional illustrator, broadcaster and writer who published fiction in various genres from 1972, some non-sf being as by Zack Wyatt; after routine Sword and Sorcery tales with soft-porn dollops like The Coming of Cormac (1974) as by Caer Ced, his first sf was The Esper Transfer (1978), a modest sf adventure whose Telepathic protagonist must escape various dangers. Although varied in its use of sf devices, and inventively constructed so as to allow its protagonists some room for personal relationships, his work never exhibited sufficient innovation or energy to bring him into wide repute, though his consistent focus on issues of Communications led to some insights. Other sf titles include Shadowman (1980), again involving Telepaths; Fire at the Center (1981) and Starwings (1984), both involving Time Travel; and Stellar Fist (1989), in which the discovery of a doom machine must somehow be controlled, once again through the actions of a telepath. Proctor's collaborations with Andrew J Offutt in the Spaceways sequence, writing together as John Cleve – Spaceways #7: The Manhuntress (1982) and #10: The Yoke of Shen (1983) – and his two "V" TiesThe Chicago Conversion (1985) and The Texas Run (1985) are less compelling. He edited Lone Star Universe: Speculative Fiction from Texas (anth 1976) with Steve Utley, which presents material of considerable interest, and The Science-Fiction Hall of Fame #3: The Nebula Winners 1965-1969 (anth 1982) with Arthur C Clarke. He scripted one short sf film, Shadow Kill (2004), and broadcast fairly widely in later years. [JC]

George Wyatt Proctor

born Lampasas, Texas: 8 December 1946

died Arlington, Texas: 3 August 2008

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Spaceways

V

Swords of Raemllyn

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