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Malcolm, Roy

Joint pseudonym of Donald Malcolm and Archie Roy for four nonfiction pieces published in mid- to late 1950s SF Magazines: "A Tenth Planet?" (June 1955 New Worlds), "Is Bode's Law a Coincidence?" (July 1955 Astounding), "Whose Moon?" (February 1956 New Worlds) and "First Breakthrough" ([October] 1958 Nebula #35). [DR/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Fontana, D C

(1939-2019) US author, primarily writing for Television; she was associated from the beginning with Star Trek, initially as Gene Roddenberry's secretary, eventually as the story editor of the first series for its first two seasons (after which she moved to freelance work elsewhere). At least two of her scripts, Star Trek: "This Side of Paradise" (1966 chap) and Star Trek: "Journey to Babel" (1967 chap), have received limited book release. Fontana also wrote scripts for Star Trek: The Next ...

Smith, Stephanie A

(1959-    ) US academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Blue Heart" in Asimov's for November 1982, and whose first novels – the Snow-Eyes sequence comprising Snow-Eyes (1985) and The Boy Who Was Thrown Away (1987) – were Planetary Romances for the Young Adult market. The protagonist of the first undergoes a rite de passage into adulthood that involves the local Goddess; the protagonist of the second gains adulthood in a Space Opera ...


Film (1987). Amblin/Warner Bros. Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. Directed by Joe Dante. Written by Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser, based on a story by Proser. Cast includes Fiona Lewis, Kevin McCarthy, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan and Martin Short. 120 minutes. Colour. / In this Parody of Fantastic Voyage (1966), tough test pilot Tuck (Quaid) is accidentally injected into feeble Jack (Short) while in a Miniaturized state. Tuck, though tiny, can to a degree control Jack. In a confused and ...

Chester, George Randolph

(1870-1924) US screenwriter and author, married to Lillian Chester, his close collaborator from the time of their marriage in 1911; the sexist conventions of the time treated him as the senior partner, but his references to her seem to contradict this. His (or their) The Jingo (1912) satirizes simultaneously the lost-race (see Lost Worlds) story and US know-how in a tale about a salesman selling his modern products to an obscure Antarctic civilization. The Ball of Fire (1914) with Lillian ...

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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