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Elliott, George P

(1918-1980) US author and academic, many of whose short stories were sf or fantasy, the first of genre interest being "The Hill" (February 1948 Pacific). He is best remembered for "Among the Dangs" (June 1958 Esquire), assembled in Among the Dangs: Ten Short Stories (coll 1960), which deals with an imaginary South American tribe and has been widely reprinted within and outside the genre; his essay "Discovering the Dangs", in Conversions: Literature and the Modernist Deviation (coll 1971), ...

Dudley, Roy C

(1922-2011) US printing technician and author of Galactic Gambit (1971), an unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Brians, Paul

(1942-    ) US academic, currently Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University since he retired in 2008, and author of the notable specialist Bibliography Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984 (1987), which summarizes more than 800 World War Three and short-term Post-Holocaust fictional scenarios, many directly depicting Future Wars. He has made this available since 2003 in an expanded version online [see under links below]. [DRL]

Transhuman Space

Role Playing Game (2002). Steve Jackson Games (SJG). Designed by David Pulver. / Transhuman Space uses an adapted version of the GURPS mechanics to depict a richly realized twenty-second century in which humanity has colonized the solar system, while simultaneously splintering into multiple sub-species which have been variously improved or adapted to extraterrestrial environments (see Pantropy). Nonhuman intelligences such as partially mechanical "bioroids", Uplifted animals and self-aware ...

A for Andromeda

UK tv serial (1961). A BBC TV production. Produced by Michael Hayes, Norman Jones, written John Elliot from a storyline by Fred Hoyle. Cast includes Julie Christie, Peter Halliday, Esmond Knight, Mary Morris, Patricia Neale, John Nettleton and Frank Windsor. Seven episodes, the first six at 45 minutes, the last 50 minutes. Black and white. / In the then Near Future of 1970, a radio signal transmitted from the Andromeda Galaxy proves, when decoded by maverick Scientist Fleming (Halliday), to ...

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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