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Hawkins, Willard E

(1887-1970) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Dead Man's Tale" for Weird Tales in 1923, and whose Castaways of Plenty: A Parable of our Times (1935) is an anti-capitalist Satire set in the Near Future. He continued to publish stories until 1952, the most notable of these perhaps being Look to the Stars (October 1950 Imagination; 2012 dos). [JC/MA]

Kotlan, C M

(?   -    ) US author, all of whose sf was written in collaboration with G C Edmondson, who see for details. [JC]

Astronaut's Wife, The

Film (1999). New Line Cinema/Mad Chance. Directed and written by Rand Ravich. Cast includes Nick Cassavetes, Johnny Depp, Samantha Eggar, Clea Duvall, Joe Morton, Donna Murphy, Charlize Theron. 109 minutes. Colour. / There is little to say about the sad schizophrenic gap between the competent flow of Rand Ravich's direction of The Astronaut's Wife and the lame Cliché-ridden retro-bondage that slowly hamstrings the actual story. This slow betrayal of mise en scene and of attractive ...

Johnson, Kenneth R

(1948-    ) US bibliographer whose main work, undertaken with Jerry Boyajian, was a series of indexes to the SF Magazines: Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1977 (1982 chap), 1978 (1982 chap), 1979 (1981 chap), 1980 (1981 chap), 1981 (1982 chap), 1982 (1983 chap) and 1984 (1985 chap). Both authors also began an associated enterprise comprising Index to the Semi-Professional Fantasy Magazines, 1982 (1983 chap) and Index to the Semi-Professional Magazines, 1983 (1984 ...

Harper, Rory

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Psycho-Stars" for Asimov's in March 1980, and whose Petrogypsies (in Far Frontiers, anth 1985, ed John F Carr and Jerry Pournelle; exp 1989) is an essentially comic novel set in what seems to be an Alternate History where oil exploration is done by bio-constructs piloted by "gypsies", whose skills dominate the venue. [JC] see also: Power Sources. /

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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