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Washburn, Robert Collyer

(1900-1978) US author, mostly of nonfiction; of sf interest is The Jury of Death: Twelve Against the Underworld (1930), a crime novel set in a Near Future version of Chicago (here Cayuga) run by the mob. Advances in Transportation, including autogyros, are evident; Television is common; an advanced Weapon, which seems to kill its victims but only stuns them until they can be roused, is used by villains. The jury prevails. [JC]

4D Man

Film (1959; vt The Evil Force UK; vt Master of Terror US). Fairview/Universal. Coproduced and directed by Irwin Shortess Yeaworth Jr. Written by Theodore Simonson, Cy Chermak, from an idea by Jack H Harris. Cast includes James Congdon, Robert Lansing and Lee Meriwether. 85 minutes. Colour. / A small, interesting film made by the same producer/director team, Jack H Harris and Yeaworth, that had already made The Blob (1958). Lansing plays a scientist who uses his brother's research on the ...

Leimbach, Marti

(1963-    ) US author, almost entirely of nonfantastic novels, often with a focus on Medicine and the complex traumas of illness, with an emphasis on neurological conditions. The best known of these tales are probably Dying Young (1990) and Daniel Isn't Talking (2006); both were filmed. Leimbach is of sf interest for the Near Future Young Adult Dragonfly Girl (2021), whose young protagonist, a budding Scientist, brings a rat back to life under laboratory conditions. ...

Grimshaw, Robert

(1850-1941) US engineer, inventor and author, much of whose output consists of manuals, including The Locomotive Catechism (1891); his one work of sf interest, Fifty Years Hence: Or What May Be in 1943: A Prophecy Supposed to be Based on Scientific Deduction by an Improved Graphical Method (1892), is a fictionalized account of a complicated graphic Prediction calculator, by which it is possible to determine that America in 1943 will be run by electricity, and many engineering advances will be ...

Bannister, Jo

(1951-    ) UK journalist and author, principally of crime fiction, long resident in Northern Ireland. She is of sf interest for her first three novels, all initially published by Robert Hale Limited: The Matrix (1981), a Far-Future Space Opera, and two adventures with a flavour of Planetary Romance: The Winter Plain (1982) and A Cactus Garden (1983). [DRL]

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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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