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Kurtz, Katherine

(1944-    ) US author employed in various fields including oceanography and cancer research, as well as a stint as instructional designer for the Los Angeles Police Department. Her fiction, basically Fantasy, though with a sensation of underlying premises arguable in sf terms, has been dominated from the beginning by the unfolding Chronicles of the Deryni sequences, all set in a highly detailed, coherent Parallel World whose society is hierarchical and in many of its aspects ...

Hoban, Russell

(1925-2011) US-born illustrator and author, in the UK from 1969. After serving in World War Two, he worked in advertising and television until the mid-1960s, becoming a full-time writer in 1967. Most of his many titles are children's books, at least fifty of them being illustrated texts for younger children, like the first, What Does It Do and How Does It Work? (1959), or the Frances sequence beginning with Bedtime for Frances (1960 chap), or (to mention only one of his many, constantly ...

Gaskell, Jane

Working name of Jane Gaskell Lynch (1941-    ), UK author whose several books of genre interest include her first, Strange Evil (1957), written when she was fourteen; it features fairies from another world, claustrophobic conflicts in that world, and an aura of Gothic pubescence throughout. King's Daughter (1958) is set in ancient Atlantis, where a cache of even more ancient nerve gas is discovered; the book is remotely connected, through a shared character, with the Cija ...

Great Science Fiction

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co., employing the reprint rights acquired when Cohen bought Amazing Stories and Fantastic. 21 issues were released, quarterly October 1965-Spring 1971, the first twelve under the title Great Science Fiction, #13-#16 as Science Fiction Greats and #17-#21 as SF Greats. / The contents were mostly short stories by well-known authors, reprinted from the period when Cele Goldsmith edited Amazing and ...

Kolchak: The Night Stalker

US tv series (1974-1975). Francy Productions for Universal TV/ABC. Created by Jeff Rice. Executive producer: Darren McGavin. Produced by Paul Playton, Cy Chermak. Story consultant: David Chase. Cast includes Darren McGavin. Twenty 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This fondly remembered Television series was a spin-off from a successful made-for-tv movie, The Night Stalker (1972), produced by Dan Curtis and written by Richard Matheson from Jeff Rice's then unpublished novel The Night Stalker ...

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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