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Rennie, J Alan

Pseudonym of James Brown Gribbin (1899-1969) Scottish author of The Footstool of the Moon (1938), a Lost World novel set in Abyssinia where, having suffered Devolution, the Apes-as-Human survivors of a high ancient civilization threaten the safety of contemporary explorers; prehistoric species are discovered. [JC]

Vandel, Jean-Gaston

Joint pseudonym of Belgian authors Jean Libert (1913-1995) and Gaston Vandenpanhuyse (1913-1981), best known for the nonfantastic Coplan FX-18 sequence of thrillers as by Paul Kenny. Their twenty sf novels under the ambitious Anticipations label, used by the publisher Fleuve Noir for a large number of titles in the 1950s, tend to place speculative renderings of various types of society – some technocratic, some more loosely constructed – into Space Opera contexts. Most of these ...

Gooch, Fani Pusey

(?   -?   ) US author, whose first name may have been Frances; her only novel, the unrestrainedly melodramatic Miss Mordeck's Father (1890), plays Equipoisally with a plot involving Identity Exchange (or, perhaps, not). The periodic disappearance of the Miss Mordeck's father in search of a skeleton key, as well as the immurement of her fiance in a lunatic asylum, verge on Gothic SF. [JC]

Lee, Mike

(1962-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "High Heels from Hell" in Forbidden Acts (anth 1995) edited by Nancy A Collins, Edward E Kramer and Martin H Greenberg; most of his career has been focused on the Warhammer Wargame universe, beginning with Warhammer: The Daemon's Curse (2005) with Dan Abnett. [JC]

Castle of Frankenstein

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Gothic Castle Publishing Company Incorporated. Editors included Calvin T Beck, Larry Ivie and Bhob Stewart. 25 issues 1962 to 1975 plus one Annual edition. Publication, though nominally quarterly, was very erratic. / This is widely considered the best of the US Monster Movies magazines, eclipsing Famous Monsters of Filmland. It offered a more mature look at the field than any of its competitors. Books and Comics ...

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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