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Beeton, Samuel Orchart

(1831-1877) UK publisher, editor and author, married from 1856 to Isabella Mary Mason (1836-1865), with whom he produced Beeton's Book of Household Management (1861), the book for which they remain best remembered. Beeton began his career as a publisher with Charles H Clarke in 1852, as C H Clarke & Co; at Beeton's instigation, they came out with the first English edition of Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), which both brought the ...

Lawnmower Man, The

Film (1992). Allied Vision Lane Pringle/Fuji Eight Co. Directed by Brett Leonard. Written by Leonard, Gimel Everett. Cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Geoffrey Lewis and Jenny Wright. 108 minutes. Colour. / The full title is Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man, but the film has been repudiated by King, angry at the cynicism whereby his old short story "The Lawnmower Man" (May 1975 Cavalier) was purchased to ...

Like, Russel

(?   -    ) US author of two humorous sf tales: After the Blue (1998), a Satire in which Aliens try to reconstruct human civilization from media records; and A Bowl of Fruit, a Whale in the Woods (2003), featuring high jinks in Alternate Worlds. [JC]

Chase, Adam

Pseudonym used usually by Milton Lesser alone, but once in collaboration with Paul W Fairman on The Golden Ape (1959), based on "Quest of the Golden Ape" (January-March 1957 Amazing) as by Adam Chase and Ivar Jorgensen, the latter being a House Name associated in that spelling with Fairman. [JC] links / ...

Mikaelsen, Ben

(1952-    ) Bolivian-born Danish author, in the US from an early age, who work consists mostly of Young Adult novels; Countdown (1996), which is set in the Near Future, explores culture tensions and personal growth through initially disputatious conversations between a young astronaut and an African lad aspiring to a compassionate life. [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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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