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Leinster, Murray

Pseudonym – pronounced "Lenster" as in the Irish province of Leinster – under which US author William Fitzgerald Jenkins (1896-1975) was best known in the sf field, and under which he wrote almost all his work in the genre; the exceptions were a few novels as Jenkins [see below] and some stories in magazines, mainly those in the Bud Gregory series as by William Fitzgerald, plus a small number as by Will Jenkins or Will F Jenkins. Leinster began publishing fiction in 1916, and ...

Ruddick, Nicholas

(1952-    ) UK bibliographer, editor and author, in Canada from 1974. He has perhaps been most influential for his two linked examinations of UK sf, British Science Fiction: A Chronology, 1478-1990 (1992) and Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993). Though its title ascriptions lack full bibliographical detail, the first volume provides an extremely useful chronological run-through of the British scene, each separately ...


Videogame (1990). Computer's Dream (CD). Designed by Hervé Lange, Olivier Cordoléani. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, DOS (1990); Amstrad, C64 (1991). / B.A.T. is a Computer Role Playing Game with a strongly multilinear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The player adopts the role of an agent of the eponymous Bureau – a secret ...

Metcalf, Norm

(1937-2019) US fan, collector and bibliographer whose The Index of Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965 (1968) is a sequel to Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (1952) by Donald B Day, and covers the same ground as the computerized index for the same years edited by Erwin S Strauss (though without the latter's issue-by-issue contents listing). It should be remembered that one or other ...

It! the Terror from beyond Space

Film (1958). Vogue/United Artists. Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Jerome Bixby. Cast includes Shawn Smith, Kim Spalding and Marshall Thompson. 69 minutes. Black and white. / In this largely mediocre film there are some good, tense moments. The crew of a Spaceship returning from Mars discover that "something" has stowed away: a Monster which attacks crew ...

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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