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Rochester, George E

(1898-1966) UK author, mostly of fiction for boys under his own and several other names, including John Beresford, Frank Chaltam, Barton Furse, Jeffrey Gaunt, Eric Roche and Hamilton Smith; much of this output did not reach book form, including his first known sf tale, "The Black Vulture" (28 April-23 June 1934 Scoops), about a Mad Scientist plotting to rule the world. The Despot of the World (1936) tells a similar tale. Several 1930s tales with evocative titles – like The Skywayman: ...

Byrne, Stuart J

(1913-2011) US screenwriter and author who began publishing sf with "The Music of the Spheres" for Amazing in August 1935. He was intermittently active after World War Two in the magazines, sometimes writing as John Bloodstone, a name he used also for some routine sf adventures, most notably the Star Man sequence [see Checklist below]. Also as Bloodstone, he wrote one Tarzan book, which the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate refused permission to publish; photocopies circulated for some years, but ...

Bégouën, Max

(1893-1961) French prehistorian and author of three Prehistoric SF tales, of which only Les bisons d'argile (1925; trans Robert Luther Duffus as Bison of Clay 1926) has appeared in English; it speculatively depicts the life of prehistoric totem-worshipping humans in the foothills of the Pyrenees (see Origin of Man). Bégouën's entry for the Prix Jules Verne (see Awards), "Quand le mammouth ressuscita" ["When the Mammoth Revived"] (April-May 1928 Lectures Pour Tous) placed second, and ...

Hathway, Alan

(1906-1977) Author, presumably US, known only for his four 1941 contributions to the Doc Savage universe, all under the usual House Name for that series: Kenneth Robeson. These began with "The Devil's Playground" (January 1941 Doc Savage; 1970). The remaining episodes – "The Rustling Death" (May 1941 Doc Savage), featuring a disintegration Weapon, "The Headless Men" (June 1941 Doc Savage), whose Mad Scientist controls a horde of decapitated but still living slaves, and "The Mindless ...

Out of This World

1. US tv series (1952). ABC TV. Produced by Milton Kaye. Narrated by Jackson Beck. One season of 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / Out of this World hovered between sf and lectures on science. In episode three, for example, directed by Milton Kaye and written by Robbie Robertson, we see a young couple in 1993 going to the Moon for a vacation and then telephoning their relations on Earth to give impressions of their holiday. Between these dramatized segments the narrator discussed with ...

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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