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Pendleton, Don

(1927-1995) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Boomerang Peep Show" for Ace Magazine in 1958 and whose sf novels – some written as by Dan Britain, and most of them routine – began with Revolt! (1968 as by Britain; rev vt Civil War II: The Day it Finally Happened! 1971 as Pendleton) and The Olympians (1969), both soft porn. Other singletons were Cataclysm: The Day the World Died (1969), The Guns of Terra 10 (1970), The Godmakers (1970 as by Britain; 1974 ...

Phelps, William Lyon

(1865-1943) US academic, man-of-letters and author, of some sf interest for A Dash to the Pole (1909 chap), a spoof narrative depicting a Near Future expedition to the North Pole. [JC]

Greatorex, Wilfred

(1922-2002) UK editor, producer and scriptwriter for various Television series, most of them initially created by him as well, beginning with Probation Officer (1959-1962). He is of sf interest for 1990, creating and writing most of the scripts for this thirteen-part television series, as well as participating in a novelization Tied to the series, 1990 (1977), the main writer being Maureen Gregson. [JC]

Space Wars

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed mostly on cheap newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts & Press. Editor: Garland Voss, possibly others. Twelve issues, October 1977 to April 1980. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / Publisher Fass was never slow to exploit a popular trend: with the success of Starlog, he added several sf film magazines to his publishing roster. Space Wars included the usual articles on then-current productions including ...

Garron, Marco

A Curtis Warren House Name used exclusively for jungle novels derived from Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan of the Apes sequence; most were sf or fantasy. Under the spelling Marco Garron appeared the Azan the Apeman series beginning with The Missing Safari (1950), including The Lost City (1950), a Lost Race tale, and ending with Jungle Fever (1951) – which so closely mimicked Tarzan that after the first six releases the Burroughs estate was able to gain an injunction banning any further ...

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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