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Mellon, Mark

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, Escape from Byzantium (2009), is fantasy whose protagonist, Simon Rosencreutz, seems to have nothing to do with Rosicrucianism; Napoleon Concerto: A Novel in Three Movements (2010) is an Alternate History tale in which the Napoleonic Empire and Great Britain are deadlocked after years of War, with neither able to gain an advantage. With the aid of an alternate Robert Fulton (1765-1815), whose Invention of an ...

Bennett, Cherie

(1960-    ) US author of Young Adult novels, of a script – "Jitters" (2001) – for the television series Smallville (2001-2011) (see Superman); and, with her husband Jeff Gottesfeld (a Smallville scriptwriter), a series of Ties to the same series. One Young Adult novel of interest is Anne Frank and Me (2001) with Gottesfeld, based on their 1997 play; it uses Time Travel devices to give a contemporary teenager some sense of the meaning of the Holocaust (see World ...

Badham, John

(1939-    ) US film-maker who showed a penchant for sf as far back as his early television work on Rod Serling's Night Gallery (1970-1972), for which he directed adaptations of stories by Basil Copper ("Camera Obscura") and Fritz Leiber ("The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"). For the portmanteau television film Three Faces of Love he directed Kurt Vonnegut Jr's "Epicac", a forerunner of Badham's big-screen involvement with Computers and Robots which develop human characteristics. ...

Cole, Walter R

(1933-2002) US sf fan and bibliographer, compiler of A Checklist of Science-Fiction Anthologies (1964), reissued in facsimile – it was originally stencilled – by Arno Press in 1975. Though it has now been superseded and updated by William Contento's indexes of Anthologies, it is remembered as one of the essential pioneering efforts in Bibliography undertaken by sf Fandom. [PN/JC]

Carroll, Lewis

Pseudonym of UK photographer, mathematician and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), whose famous children's stories, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) – an early example of the novel (sf or otherwise) structured around the moves of a game of Chess – have had a profound impact on a wide range of writers, over and above the numerous Parodies, often dealing with Politics, that the Innocent-in-Wonderland ...

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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