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Barth, John

(1930-2024) US academic and author, one of the central fabulists (see Fabulation) of his generation of writers, noted for a sometimes relentless experimentalism, an inability or disinclination to cease upon the moment of story he famously articulated in "The Literature of Exhaustion" (August 1967 The Atlantic), where postmodern (see Postmodernism and SF) writers are presented as miming the genuine stories before ...

Destination Moon

Film (1950). A George Pal Production/Eagle-Lion. Directed by Irving Pichel. Written by Robert A Heinlein, Alford "Rip" Van Ronkel, James O'Hanlon, based loosely on Rocket Ship Galileo (1947) by Heinlein. Cast includes Warner Anderson, John Archer, Tom Powers and Dick Wesson. 92 minutes. Colour. / Destination Moon, the first of George Pal's many sf productions, ...

Ingpen, Robert

(1936-    ) Australian artist, illustrator and author, active from the late 1950s; most of his work is nonfiction or fantasy, the latter usually for children; he has also illustrated a very wide range of titles. He is of sf interest for the Australian Gnomes sequence beginning with Australian Gnomes (1979), which won a 1980 Ditmar Award for best novel, though its narrative elements are presented in the form of a ...

Daniel, Mark

Working name of UK author Mark Daniel Fitzgeorge-Parker (1954-    ) whose first novel, The Laughing Man (1984), is a political thriller set in the Near Future with little or no speculative content; Chocky's Challenge (1986) is a tie to Chocky's Challenge (1986 6parts), a Thames Television sequel to John Wyndham's Chocky (March 1963 ...

Forrest, Maryann

Pseudonym of UK painter, sculptor, designer, librettist and author Polly Hope (1933-2013), in whose Here (Away from it All) (1969; vt Here 1970), visitors and expats caught on a Greek Island after an apocalyptic Future War attempt to deal with the grim Post-Holocaust life in store for them; they do not do well. [JC]

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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