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Ludlum, Robert

(1927-2001) US stage and television actor, theatrical producer and author whose first novel, The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971), skirts the actual fantastic, as do most of his Technothrillers; in this case, the eponymous millionaire, in his search for world influence, surgically transforms himself into an intimate of Adolf Hitler named Heinrich Kroeger. The Gemini Contenders (1976), about a secret document claiming that Jesus Christ was not crucified, plays with Paranoias often since articulated; ...

Minahan, John

(1933-2002) US author of the John Rawlings sequence of thrillers, the seventh of which, The Great Grave Robbery (1990), turns on the search for a thief who has risen from Suspended Animation (see also Cryonics). [JC]

Latner, Alexis Glynn

(1957-    ) US author, librarian and creative-writing teacher who began publishing work of genre interest with "Wanderers" as Alexis G Latner for Analog in June 1990, and who is primarily known for Hard SF stories published in that magazine; in her first novel, Hurricane Moon (2007), a team of humans departs a terminally polluted Earth to find an inhabitable planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds; Pollution), a hegira which ends at a suitable double world, where issues of ...

Moore, Phyllis S

(?   -    ) Canadian author, whose sf tale, Williwaw! (1978), about Near Future separatist revolt in Newfoundland, is surprisingly violent. [JC]

Barron, D G

(1922-2000) UK architect and author. In The Zilov Bombs (1962), unilateral UK nuclear disarmament has led to Soviet domination of all Europe (see Politics); after five years (by 1973) the underground is putting pressure on characters like the narrator, who ultimately solves his moral anxieties by detonating one of the eponymous devices, assassinating some Communist tyrants. [JC]

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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