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Working name of UK musician and author Steven Patrick Morrissey (1959-    ), whose role as lead singer of The Smiths (1982-1987) and as a solo performer has attracted a sizeable and devoted following. Morrissey's sole venture into sf is "Fantastic Bird", a self-described "throwaway outtake" from Your Arsenal (1992). The song is a jaunty rockabilly number in which the singer's love interest sets out on the titular Spaceship in a ...

Jarman, Heather

(?   -    ) US author associated with the Star Trek universe; her contributions include Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission: Gamma Book Two: This Gray Spirit (2002), the novel-length "Andor: Paradigm" (in Star Trek: Worlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Volume One, anth 2004, ed anon), and Star Trek Voyager: String Theory, Book III: Evolution (2006). [JC]

Back to the Future Part III

Film (1989). Credits as for Part II, but also starring Mary Steenburgen. 119 minutes. Colour. / The final sequel to Back to the Future (1985). Made with Back to the Future Part II and released soon after, this is a hammy but enjoyable resolution of the Time Travel story. Where Part II emphasizes change and darkness, this emphasizes continuity and ...

Carter, Stephen L

(1954-    ) US lawyer and author, who also writes as by A L Shields; much of his work is nonfiction, arguing a moderate Christian take on political and cultural matters. Most of his novels are thrillers, though The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln (2012) is an Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point – Lincoln survives an assassination attempt in 1865 – leads into a rancorous ...

Ray, James

Pseudonym of New Zealand-born lexicographer, editor and author Eric Partridge (1894-1979), in Australia from 1907, serving during World War One in the Australian infantry, his combat experiences recast in the nonfantastic tales assembled as Glimpses (coll 1928) as by Corrie Denison; in UK after the war. Under his own name, Partridge was famous as a lexicographer, his best known non-reference titles probably being ...

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 ...

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