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Thomey, Tedd

Working name of US journalist and author Harold John Thomey (1920-2008), mostly of crime thrillers; he began publishing work of genre interest with "The Frozen Twelve" in Amazing for July 1952. Two of his novels, Flight to Takla-Ma (1961) and The Prodigy Plot (1987), are of marginal sf interest, though Near Future settings are only implied in each of these Cold War adventures. [JC]

Deadly Mantis, The

Film (1957). Universal-International Pictures. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Nathan Juran. Written by Martin Berkeley and Alland (uncredited). Cast includes William Hopper, Craig Stevens and Alix Talton. 79 minutes. Black and white. / A volcano erupts in the Southern Pacific, somehow causing a break-up of ice near the North Pole which frees a 200-foot-long prehistoric praying mantis (see Great and Small) from a state of Suspended Animation within the ice. Soon the insect makes its ...

Adams, Sean

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Famous Detective and his Telepathy Goggles" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet for April 2010. He is of strong sf interest for his first novel, The Heap (2020), which concentratedly depicts a collapsing Near Future America through the literal collapse of Los Verticalés, a 500-storey apartment building; this, before its fall, serves as a kind of aliquot sample of a ...

Erskine, George

(?   -    ) Author known only for co-writing the Counter Force sf tales for Young Adult readers, Beware the Tektrons (1988) and Find the Tektrons (1988), both with Ian Cameron [whom see for details]. [DRL]

Galbraith, John Kenneth

(1908-2006) Canadian-born US economist, famous and prolific, perhaps best known for The Affluent Society (1958), though the reasons for his renown are multifarious. Of sf interest is The McLandress Dimension (coll 1963; rev 1968 as by John Kenneth Galbraith) as by Mark Epernay, a series of mock-essays explaining advances in psychometry – the quantitative measurement of human actions and motives – accomplished by Herchel McLandress; B F Skinner, then in his heyday, may be a target of ...

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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