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Dark Angel

US tv series (2000-2002). 20th Century Fox Television and Cameron/Eglee Productions for Fox. Created by James Cameron and Charles H Eglee. Produced by Cameron, Eglee, and René Echevarria. Writers include Cameron, Eglee, Echvarria, Jose Molina, Moira Kirland, David Zabel, and Michael Angeli. Directors include Cameron, David Nutter, Jeff Woolnough, and Thomas J Wright. Cast includes Jessica Alba as Max Guevara, Michael Weatherly as Logan Cale, John Savage as Donald Lydecker, Valerie Rae ...

Parkman, Sydney

(1895-1995) UK author, usually of tales adventure, but including two humorous sf tales, Ship Ashore (1936), in which the descendants of a seventeenth-century shipwreck are found on a mysterious Island off the coast of Borneo, and Life Begins Tomorrow (1947), the latter set in the Near Future. [JC]

Wentworth, Walter

(?   -?   ) UK author of interest for his children's sf Kibboo Ganey sequence, comprising Kibboo Ganey; Or, the Lost Chief of the Copper Mountain (1889) and The Drifting Island (1890) [for both books see Checklist below for full titles]. An elderly but competent Colonel, member of the Royal Geographical Society, takes his son and nephew to Africa, where they untether a floating peninsula to create an Island in which they cross Lake Chad; Kibboo Ganey himself, being ...

Shadegg, Stephen C

(1909-1990) US journalist and author, mostly of nonfiction works analysing politics in general and elections in particular from a conservative point of view; probably best known for Barry Goldwater: Freedom Is His Flight Plan (1962). He is of sf interest for The Remnant: A Political Novel (1962), a Near Future novel of Politics set in 1972 Washington, examining labour/management relations from his particular standpoint as polemicist. [JC]

O'Rourke, Frank

(1916-1989) US author whose most popular books were Westerns; he published over sixty works of fiction, and more than 100 stories during the 1940s and 1950s in Collier's and other slick magazines. One mystery novel appeared as by Frank O'Malley. His sole sf novel, Instant Gold (1964), is an amusing Satire in which a small and convivial cabal rocks the boat of American Economics and the Gold Standard (see Money) by openly marketing the eponymous product. This $500 tin of powder, when mixed 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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