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Hoskins, Robert

(1933-1993) US editor and author who began publishing sf with "Feet of Clay" for If in February 1958 as by Phillip Hoskins. He worked as a literary agent 1967-1968, and served as senior editor with Lancer Books 1969-1972, where he published the Infinity anthology sequence [see Checklist; see also Infinity] for which he was perhaps best known. Several other anthologies also appeared before he published his first novel, Evil in the Family (1972) as by Grace Corren, which is a Time-Travel fantasy. ...

Dobson, Jill

(1969-    ) UK-born Australian author whose first novel, The Inheritors (1988) is Young Adult Post-Holocaust tale set within a protective dome after a nuclear War; her second novel of genre interest, A Journey to Distant Mountains (2001), is fantasy. [JC]

Russo-Lyde, N

(?   -    ) Indian-born author, in the UK after World War Two, whose true name may have been Norah Scobie, and who may have been alive in 1976; Heroes Without Uniform (1950) is a tale for older children, set in World War Two, whose young protagonists abscond unwittingly in a sub-orbital Rocket, landing safely in Italy where they join the partisans. [JC]

Time Travelers

Made-for-tv film (1976). 20th Century Fox/Irwin Allen Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Irwin Allen. Directed by Alexander Singer. Written by Jackson Gillis from a story by Rod Serling and Allen. Cast includes Richard Basehart, Booth Colman, Sam Groom and Tom Hallick. 78 minutes. Colour. / In 1976 a deadly Pandemic erupts, caused by an unknown virus whose treatment baffles Dr Clinton Earnshaw (Groom). A US government agent, Jeff Adams (Hallick) arrives and helps point out that the illness ...

Best, Herbert

(1894-1981) UK-born author, in Nigeria 1919-1932, subsequently in the US though he seems to have returned to Britain late in life; most of his fiction, like Young'un (1944), was written for children. He published one sf novel, The Twenty-Fifth Hour (1940), a Last Man tale in which, after a worldwide Disaster in 1965, the two lone survivors – a North American female and a European male – come together to participate in a Utopia founded in Alexandria, Egypt. [JC] see also: Future ...

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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