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Barren, Charles

(1913-1999) UK teacher and author, best known for historical romances and co-author with Richard Cox Abel of Trivana I (1966), in which an overpopulated Earth uses the titular Spaceship to establish a Venus colony; he also scripted a sf drama, "The Planet of the Ants", for ITV in 1978. He was chairman of the Science Fiction Foundation from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 1980, subsequently serving as its Honorary Administrator 1980-1984, materially helping in its survival before ...

Jeschonek, Robert T

(1965-    ) US comics author and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Wall of Lisas" in Backroads for 1983, much of his later shorter work being published as individual ebooks, many of them spoofs, or at least exaggerated iterations, of familiar Superhero tales, a representative sampling being assembled as 6 Superhero Stories (coll 2012 ebook). The Trek sequence – beginning with Trek This! (2010 ebook) and comprising various kinds of work, ...

Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

Deadly Mantis, The

Film (1957). Universal-International Pictures. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Nathan Juran. Written by Martin Berkeley and Alland (uncredited). Cast includes William Hopper, Craig Stevens and Alix Talton. 79 minutes. Black and white. / A volcano erupts in the Southern Pacific, somehow causing a break-up of ice near the North Pole which frees a 200-foot-long prehistoric praying mantis (see Great and Small) from a state of Suspended Animation within the ice. Soon the insect makes its ...

Clark, Ronald W

(1916-1987) UK author and journalist, active mainly with nonfiction since before World War Two, writing several biographies of figures like Albert Einstein and Bertrand Russell. He began publishing sf with "The Man Who Went Back" for the London Evening Standard in 1949, but was not a prolific contributor to the genre. His first sf novel, Queen Victoria's Bomb: The Disclosures of Professor Franklin Huxtable, MA, Cantab. (1967), achieved some success, and was one of the numerous contributions 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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