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McDonald, Raymond

Joint pseudonym of Canadian author Raymond Alfred Léger (1884-1934) and US writer Edward Richard McDonald (1873-?   ), whose sf novel, The Mad Scientist: A Tale of the Future (1908), features the increasingly dangerous – or effective – interventions of the eponymous Mad Scientist in the dealings of US businessmen and of the US Government itself. The scientist's inclinations are socialist but, surprisingly for 1908, the authors are ambiguous about whether or not ...

Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix

UK psychedelic-rock band formed by Michael Moorcock with Graham Charnock and Steve Gilmore, based in Notting Hill, London, and taking its name from Moorcock's story collection The Deep Fix (coll 1966) as by James Colvin. Their album New Worlds Fair (1975), released by United Artists, is set in a Post-Holocaust future and centres on a doomed fairground populated by a ragged bunch of Dystopian characters. Thomas M Disch described it as "portentous". Recorded at various London studios, New Worlds ...

Boys' Friend Library

Imprint of the London-based Amalgamated Press, mostly reprinting fiction from The Boys' Friend and other Boys' Papers – such as Champion, Chums, Gem, Magnet, Nelson Lee Library, The Modern Boy, Pilot, Pluck, Ranger and Rocket – in paperback form; there were also some original titles and reissues of original Children's SF novels from other publishers. The first Boys' Friend Library series began in 1906, initially with 144-page volumes but for the most part extending to only 120 pages ...

Barzman, Ben

(1910-1989) Canadian-born US scriptwriter – his collaborative script for the film The Boy with Green Hair (1948) directed by Joseph Losey was much admired – who was soon blacklisted for his earlier membership in the Communist Party, though he managed to write about twenty-five produced scripts under his own and other names; he and his wife Norma Barzman (1920-    ), also creatively active in Hollywood, had moved to Europe by 1949. His sf novel, Out of this World ...

Avallone, Michael

(1924-1999) US author active since the early 1950s under a number of names in various genres, most active in the 1960s. Although he began publishing genre fiction with "The Man Who Walked on Air" (September 1953 Weird Tales), and though some stories of mild interest appear in Tales of the Frightened (coll 1963; vt Boris Karloff Presents Tales of the Frightened 1973) (see also Lyle Kenyon Engel), his sf is comparatively limited in amount and extremely borderline in nature, usually being ...

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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