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Méry, Joseph

(1798-1866) French playwright and author, whose Proto SF tale, "Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé" ["A History That did not Happen"] (1854; in Histoire de ce qui n'est pas arrivé; La Tamise; Le Diamant aux mille facettes coll 1859) is an early Alternate History, in which Napoleon's life – and the future of Europe – is transformed when he gains an unexpected victory in Egypt in 1799 and becomes Emperor of India; "Les Ruines de Paris" ["The Ruins of Paris"] (1856; not ...

Marley, Stephen

(1946-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with Spirit Mirror (1988), opening the Chia Black Dragon trio of dark fantasies set in old China. Of direct sf interest are his Ties to the Comics universe of Judge Dredd, these being Judge Dredd: Dreddlocked (1993) and Judge Dredd: Dread Dominion (1994). Another tie, to the Doctor Who universe, is Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: Managra (1995). Marley has also worked in Videogame design. [DRL]

Roddenberry, Gene

(1921-1991) US television scriptwriter, producer, director and creator of Star Trek. Roddenberry began writing in the late 1940s while working as a pilot for a commercial airline. In 1953 he sold his first television script and in 1956 his first that was sf, a genre in which he had not previously been particularly interested. In 1954 he became a full-time television writer. In 1963 he created and produced a series of his own – The Lieutenant – for MGM, and in the same year conceived ...

Green, Robert

(?1935-    ) Canadian author and musician whose The Great Leap Backward (1968) depicts a future where Computers have taken over the cities, leaving the countryside in a natural state. [JC]

Johns, W E

(1893-1968) UK air pilot, who served variously with the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force throughout World War One until shot down and captured on 16 September 1918, and later author, who began producing boys' action adventures in 1930. His normal byline was Captain W E Johns (a rank he did not in reality attain, having risen no higher than Flying Officer). His total output exceeded 200 volumes, his popularity exceeding any other twentieth-century British writer for children except Enid ...

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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