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Bowker, Richard

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Side Effect" for Unearth in Summer 1977. His first novel, Forbidden Sanctuary (1982), treats a ticklish theological problem – whether an Alien whose possession of a soul is moot can claim sanctuary in a church – with due regard for the likely Roman Catholic view on the issue (see Religion). Replica (1986), a political thriller also set in the Near Future, not entirely convincingly depicts an American President ...

MacPherson, John F

(1873-1939) Australian-born author, in UK by 1891; in his complex Future War novel, A Yankee Napoleon (1907), two Scientists – one a Mad Scientist who uses his Inventions for evil, the other an ethical Superman figure – oppose one another, as the mad one devises a brain serum that supplies him, vampirically, with mental energy sufficient for him to become the Emperor of America. In the end, after Britain's initial defeat in her attempted Invasion of America, and much warfare Under ...

Adventures of Captain Marvel

Serial Film (1941). Republic Pictures. Directed by John English and William Witney. Associate producer: Hiram S Brown Jr. Written by Ronald Davidson, Norman S Hall, Arch B Heath, Joseph Poland and Sol Shor based on the Comics character Captain Marvel created by C C Beck and Bill Parker (both uncredited). Cast includes Frank Coghlan Jr, Nigel De Brulier, Gerald Mohr (voice, uncredited) and Tom Tyler. 12 episodes; total running time 216 minutes. Black and white. / Visiting Siam as part of a ...

Dark Earth

Videogame (1997). Kalisto Entertainment. Designed by Guillaume Le Pennec, Sylvain Dousset, Frédéric Menne. Platforms: Win. / Dark Earth, an early example of the action Adventure form, is set on a sunless world, a future Earth shrouded in dust clouds thrown up by a catastrophic series of meteor impacts (see Ruined Earth). A few cities remain, huddled around mysterious gaps in the eternal clouds which allow light to fall, and surrounded by icy wastelands roamed by curiously ...

Dunn, Waldo H

(1882-1969) US academic and author of a Prehistoric SF tale, The Vanished Empire: A Tale of the Mound Builders (1904), focusing on that paleo-Indian civilization in Ohio, which Dunn dramatizes through an invasion from the southwards by King Inca, whose martial forces defeat the Mound Builders. [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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