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Longstreth, T Morris

(1886-1975) US author active from 1915 or earlier; of sf interest is a late juvenile (see Children's SF) tale, Time Flight (1954), in which two contemporary young men are Timeslipped into seventeenth-century Salem at the time of the witch trials, and find themselves in danger. [JC]

Quinn, Gerard A

(1927-2015) Northern Irish illustrator, at times credited in error as Gerald Quinn. Sometimes described as one of the "grand old men" (with Brian Lewis) of British sf art in the 1950s, the self-trained Quinn entered the field by successfully submitting his work to editor John Carnell, who then hired him to do numerous covers and interior illustrations for the magazines he was editing, New Worlds and Science Fantasy. His early covers can seem amateurish, but he gradually improved his craft and ...

Vedeler, Harold Torger

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose romance-infused sf novel, Intersect: a Love Story (2003), describes a Videogame that operates Virtual Reality-like directly on the minds of participants, primarily women. A World Championship intersection between the two protagonists causes emotional turmoil. [JC]

Puccetti, Roland

(1924-1995) US philosopher and author, long professionally involved in mind-body problems. He published several essays on the split-brain controversy, perhaps most accessibly in "Sperry on Consciousness: A Critical Appreciation" for The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy in 1977. Both of his novels deal, in their way, with the question. In The Death of the Führer (1972) Hitler's brain is transplanted into the body of a voluptuous woman, and "his" identity discovered, in (as it were) ...

Wells, Simon

(1961-    ) UK animator and director, great-grandson of H G Wells and protegé of Steven Spielberg. He branched out into live action with The Time Machine (2002), and into Robert Zemeckis's performance-capture technology with Mars Needs Moms (2011), which he also co-wrote with his wife Wendy. Both offered a revisionist Hollywood take on original Wellsian themes; both were notable flops. [NL]

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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