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Matheson, Richard Christian

(1953-    ) US author and (primarily) writer for film and television, and television producer. Matheson's work has been at most only fringe sf; he is not to be confused with his father, Richard Matheson, nor with his younger brother Chris Matheson (1958-    ), cowriter of the witty screenplay for Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and its sequel Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991). Matheson's television work includes scripts for The Incredible ...

Fireball XL5

UK tv series (1962-1963). AP Films for ATV/ITC. Created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Produced by Gerry Anderson. Directors included Alan Pattillo, John Kelly, Bill Harris. Writers included the Andersons, Alan Fennell, Anthony Marriott, Dennis Spooner. Cast includes Sylvia Anderson, John Bluthal, David Graham and Paul Maxwell. One full season and one part-season. 39 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / This was the second of the Andersons' SuperMarionation animated-puppet sf series for ...

Finlay, Iain

(1935-    ) Australian journalist and author whose sf novel, The Azanian Assignment (1978), is set in a Near Future South Africa weakened by guerrilla assaults, seemingly from Tanzania; the end of apartheid clearly looms. [JC]

Moffett, Judith

(1942-    ) US academic, poet and author; a professor at the University of Pennsylvania 1979-1994. She was first active as a poet, publishing two collections – Keeping Time (coll 1976) and Whinny Moor Crossing (coll 1984); the full-length study, James Merrill: An Introduction to the Poetry (1984), contains an extensive study of Merrill's work of greatest sf interest, The Changing Light at Sandover (1982). She began to write sf with an Apes-As-Human tale, "Surviving", ...

Lacey, Burroughs

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Sex tale, The Sex Machine (1976: vt The Balling Machine 1982 as by Ed Rose), in which (as not uncommonly in sf) enhanced men and Androids are distinguished with difficulty. [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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