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Gibbs, Henry

(1909-1975) UK artist, journalist and author, of whose many novels – several set in South Africa – Pawns in Ice (1948) is of sf interest for its depiction of Arctic explorers held in thrall by a strange Ray. [JC]

Pagel, Stephen

(?   -    ) US editor, publisher and reviewer who has also written as Steve Pagel; worked at Barnes and Noble for ten years to 1995, for the last three as chief US genre buyer; was sales director at White Wolf for three years from 1995; and launched Meisha Merlin Publishing with Kevin Murphy in 1997. He co-edited the three Bending the Landscape genre Anthology series with Nicola Griffith, beginning with Bending the Landscape: Fantasy (anth 1997), including ...

Beyond the Time Barrier

US film (1960; vt The War of 1995). Miller-Consolidated Pictures, American International Pictures. Produced by Robert Clarke. Directed by Edgar G Ulmer. Written by Arthur C Pierce from his original story. Mutant make-up by Jack Pierce. Cast includes Stephen Bekassy, Robert Clarke, Don Flournoy (Mutant), Vladimir Sokoloff, Darlene Tompkins and Ariane Ulmer (credited as Arianne Arden). 75 minutes. Black and white. / US Air Force test pilot Major William Allison (Clarke) somehow reaches the ...

Comfort, Alex

(1920-2000) UK medical doctor, poet and author of significant popular work in the fields of sexology and gerontology, being perhaps best known for The Joy of Sex (1972; frequently revised), many of whose interior illustrations were by Chris Foss. Before World War Two he established an extremely precocious reputation for his poetry and fiction, and for the pacifism he espoused rigorously during the years of conflict (later, in 1961, in connection with the Committee of 100, an offshoot of the ...

Whitehead, Colson

(1970-    ) US author, much of whose work is nonfantastic, though his first novel, The Intuitionist (1999), hovers Equipoisally between Alternate History and Fabulation in its depiction of two groups of elevator operators in conflict as to the metaphysical nature of the elevator as such; one faction plans to build an elevator unfettered to the empirical past, which will take its people – in this case Black Americans – into the future. Zone One (2011) is a Near ...

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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