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Mariner, David

Pseudonym of Scottish author David McLeod Smith (1920-    ) under which name he wrote an unremarkable tale about Space Flight, international conspiracy and attempted assassination, A Shackleton Called Sheila (1970: vt Countdown 1000 1974) for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Breakwell, James

Pseudonym of unidentified US comedian, blogger and author (1987-    ), most of his work being nonfiction, including spoofish "guides" to living like Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (2017) [these titles not listed below]. He is of sf interest for The Chosen Twelve (2022), a Space Opera set mostly on a Starship whose human passengers, en route on a mission to inhabit a deadly planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), are tested for ...

Erdman, Paul E

(1932-2007) Canadian-born author (of American parents), in US and Europe most of his life; consulting economist in 1958 to the European Coal and Steel Community, and a senior banker in Switzerland – where he spent eight months in jail awaiting trial on financial charges before skipping bail; he also broadcast widely. His thrillers – some of them being genuine Near-Future sf of an interesting kind – make extensive use of his experiences as an investment banker, and tend to ...


Film (2006; vt Paris 2054: Renaissance). Miramax Films presents an Onyx Films and Millimages production in association with France 2 Cinéma, Luxanimation and Timefirm Limited with the participation of Allied Filmmakers, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Film Fund Luxembourg, MEDIA Plus, ON Animation Studios and Région Ile-de-France. Directed by Christian Volckman. Written by Mathieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patellière, Jean-Bernard Pouy and Patrick Raynal. ...

New Dimensions

Original-Anthology series (1971-1981) edited by Robert Silverberg. New Dimensions I (anth 1971) appeared when original anthology series were proliferating in the USA, with such titles as Infinity, QUARK/ and Universe. It was one of the longest surviving titles from this period, although it changed publishers several times in order to keep going: #1-#3 from Doubleday, #4 from Signet, #5-#10 from Harper and Row, #11-#12 from Pocket Books. The final volumes, New Dimensions 11 (anth 1980) and New ...

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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