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Miller, P Schuyler

(1912-1974) US critic, amateur archaeologist and author; an MSc in chemistry, he did research for a time and from 1952 until his death worked as a technical writer. He remains best known in the sf world for his book reviews in Astounding Science-Fiction, which first appeared in 1945 and became a regular monthly feature in October 1951 under a surtitle, The Reference Library, and continued until his death, the last instalment appearing in January 1975. He was not ...

Locke, Richard Adams

(1800-1871) UK-born journalist, editor and customhouse official in later years, in the US from 1832, now universally regarded as author of the famous "Great Moon Hoax". Beginning on 21 August 1835, several issues of the New York Sun carried articles purporting to describe the inhabitants of the Moon and their environs, culminating on 30 August with a description of the "Temple of the Moon", where lunar natives known as Man-bats (see ...

Philadelphia Experiment, The

Film (1984). New World/Cinema Group/New Pictures/Douglas Curtis. Executive producer John Carpenter. Directed by Stewart Raffill. Written by William Gray, Michael Janover, based on a story by Wallace Bennett and Don Jakoby, based in turn on the purportedly nonfictional The Philadelphia Experiment (1979) by William I Moore and Charles Berlitz (see also George E Simpson). Cast includes Nancy Allen, Eric ...

Buettner, Robert

(1947-    ) US palaeontologist, lawyer, Vietnam veteran and author, whose Military SF Orphanage sequence – beginning with Orphanage (2004) and ending with Orphan's Triumph (2009) – has frequently been likened to Robert A Heinlein's Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959), though the ...

Wright, Alexis

(1950-    ) Australian author, a member of the indigenous Waanyi nation whose homeland stretches along the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia; she has been associated for many years with various campaigns advocating the rights of Aboriginals. Her first two novels, Plains of Promise (1997) and Carpentaria (2006), both acutely but compassionately polemical, address her people and the life that has been imposed upon them. Though technically ...

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 ...

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