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Creswick, Paul

(1866-1947) UK author, who began publishing work of some genre interest with "The Only Prince" for The Quarto in 1897. Robin Hood and His Adventures (1902; vt Robin Hood 1917) is one of the finest adaptations of the cycle; The Beaten Path: A Fantasy (1924) is a capable ghost story. His only Scientific Romance, The Turning Wheel (1928), is of interest for its combination of mystical themes with ...

Dent, Guy

(1892-1954) UK author who served in various military capacities during and after World War One, initially in the East African Mounted Rifles from 10 August 1914 and in various other capacities including Flying Officer in the Royal Flying Corps from 2 March 1916. He is best known for his adventure stories in The Detective Magazine and elsewhere, none of them fantastic, many featuring animals in natural habitats. His one contribution to sf was ...


Norwegian Fanzine; 40 issues published 1974-1998 by the Oslo Students' SF Club, Aniara – the name taken from Harry Martinson's poem Aniara (1956) – whose founding editor was Øystein Sørensen. Published 3-4 times a year until 1979; more irregular during the 1980s; guest editors 1989-1991, then edited regularly by Cirstyn Bech-Yagher 1991-1998. / Regarded as the ...

Science Fiction Foundation

UK research unit set up in 1971 at the North East London Polytechnic (which became the University of East London in 1992), but semi-autonomous, being controlled by a council, partly academics and partly sf professionals, and including George Hay, whose enthusiasm had much to do with the SFF's inception. Peter Nicholls, the first administrator (1971-1977), was followed by Malcolm Edwards ...

Pemberton, Victor

(1931-2017) UK actor, screenwriter, script editor and author of two Ties for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep (1986) and Doctor Who: The Pescatons (1991). The first of these was based on his own script for the Who storyline "Fury from the Deep" (16 March 1968-20 April 1968), which introduced the Doctor's all-purpose McGuffin or ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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