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Abbott and Costello Go to Mars

Film (1953; vt On to Mars). Universal Studios. Directed by Charles Lamont. Written by D D Beauchamp and John Grant, based on a story by D D Beauchamp and Howard Christie. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Mari Blanchard, Lou Costello, Martha Hyer, Joe Kirk, Jack Kruschen and Robert Paige. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Two menial labourers, Orville (Costello) and Lester (Abbott), are inadvertently launched in a Spaceship and land near New Orleans; they exit wearing spacesuits because they think ...

Paton Walsh, Jill

(1937-2020) UK author, partner from the early 1970s of John Rowe Townsend; they were married from 2004 until his death in 2014. Much of her fiction was for Young Adult readers; she also wrote several nonfantastic detective novels [not listed below] including the Imogen Quy series set in a fictional University of Cambridge college, and four authorized Sequels by Another Hand to the Lord Peter Wimsey sequence by Dorothy L Sayers (1893-1957), the first – Thrones, Dominations (1998) – ...

James, Roby

Pseudonym of US scriptwriter, spiritual adviser and author Rhoda Blecker (?   -    ); the Starfire sequence, comprising Commencement (1996) and Commitment (1997), features a young woman with Psi Powers who, after being trained to use them for evil by an interstellar government, learns to use them for good, which benefits all. Beyond the Hedge (2006) is fantasy. [JC]

Evans, Richard

(1950-1996) UK sf editor for various London publishers: Futura – where he launched the Orbit sf imprint – in the 1970s, Hutchinson/Arrow until 1983, and finally Gollancz, where he remained a senior editor until his death. At Arrow he edited, anonymously, two sf anthologies for the children's imprint Sparrow: Peter Davison's Book of Alien Monsters (anth 1982) and Peter Davison's Book of Alien Planets (anth 1983). The stories were supposedly chosen by Peter Davison, then playing the ...

Sinclair, Linnea

(1954-    ) US journalist, private investigator and author, who has also written as by Megan Sybil Baker; active in Fandom for many years. Some of her titles are straightforward paranormal romances (not listed below); the Wintertide sequence beginning with Wintertide (1999) as by Megan Sybil Baker extends a romance, by not very clear means, into the Far Future. Of more direct sf interest is the Dock Five Universe sequence beginning with Gabriel's Ghost (2002) as by Megan ...

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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