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McMahon, Thomas

(1943-1999) US scientist specializing in biomechanics, and author, three of whose novels teasingly gain fuel and impetus from the fantastic, broadly conceived. Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry: A Novel (1970), a Young Adult tale set at the time of the Manhattan Project during World War Two, skirts Fantastika through its depiction of the Invention of an "odor amplifier" is not in fact technologically feasible. Set relaxedly in a 1922 America so lubricated with possibilities it almost ...

Deadly Bees, The

Film (1967). Amicus Productions. Directed by Freddie Francis. Produced by Max J Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky. Written by Robert Bloch and Anthony Marriott, loosely (see below) based on A Taste for Honey (1941; vt A Taste for Murder 1955) by Gerald Heard, credited as H F Heard. Cast includes Guy Doleman, Catherine Finn, Frank Finlay and Suzanna Leigh. 83 minutes. Colour. / An unnamed London ministry department receives letters from a beekeeper claiming that he has developed a strain of ...

Monsarrat, Nicholas

(1910-1979), UK soldier, in active service 1940-1946, and author; his surname was misspelled on his birth certificate as "Montserrat", causing some later confusion; in Canada as a British information officer from 1953 to 1956, and intermittently after that date. He was best known for his novel, The Cruel Sea (1951), which became immensely popular. The first of the four volumes of his Signs of the Times series, The Time Before This (1962), which is sf, tells of the discovery of ancient artefacts ...

Stanton, Will

(1918-1996) US humorous author for various Slicks including The New Yorker, Readers Digest and Saturday Evening Post. His contributions to SF Magazines began with "Barney" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1951 and remained with that magazine exclusively. He was active for twelve years, his eleven stories being witty and well-told variants on familiar sf themes; more than half were anthologized. [JC/PN/DRL]

Gholston, Homer N

Or J N Gholoston (1932-    ). US author of The Koiec Corollary (1979), a Near Future thriller in which a sudden flood of gold threatens to cause World War Three. [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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