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Leisner, William

(?   -    ) US author of Ties to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace (2009), which deals with the aftermath of a Borg assault upon civilization; he has also contributed to anthologies set in this universe. [JC]

Omega Man, The

Film (1971). Warner Bros. Directed by Boris Sagal. Written by John William Corrington, Joyce H Corrington, based on I Am Legend (1954) by Richard Matheson. Score by Ron Grainer. Cast includes Rosalind Cash, Charlton Heston and Anthony Zerbe. 98 minutes. Colour. / This is the second film version of Matheson's ultra-Paranoia novel, the first being L' Ultimo Uomo della Terra (1964; vt The Last Man on Earth). "The first one was very poorly done," said Matheson, himself a screenwriter, "but it ...

Robinson, Logan

(1949-    ) US author of Evil Star = Beda (1986), a borderline Disaster novel in which Cold War conflicts ("beda" is "disaster" in Russian), and the imminent collision of a Comet with Earth, are treated in Technothriller fashion. [JC]

Emshwiller, Peter R

(1959-    ) US actor, illustrator and author, son of Carol Emshwiller and Ed Emshwiller, who has also worked as Stoney Emshwiller; of sf interest is his Near Future series of noir tales – The Host (1991) and Short Blade (1992) – set in a New York directly extrapolated (seemingly) from the mean-streets City 1970s Manhattan threatened to become. The action is intense but the ambience now seems less than prescient. [JC]

Oliphant, Laurence

(1829-1888) South African-born UK adventurer, diplomat politician and author, well known for nonfiction texts which described his own adventures in Asia, Africa and South America while at the same time advocating solutions to the "problems" he encountered, whether social or military; on more than one occasion these texts were tacitly sponsored by the UK Foreign Office. In 1867, he joined an American Utopian community, the Brotherhood of the New Life, founded by the poet Thomas Lake Harris ...

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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