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Bramah, Ernest

Working name of UK author Ernest Brammah Smith (1868-1942) for all his writing; he is best-known for two series, the Max Carrados sequence [see Checklist below] about a blind detective, all of whose Perceptions (except of course sight) are enormously enhanced by rigorous training; and a series of tales in which the Chinese Kai Lung displays his skills as a professional story-teller – often to stave off some unpleasant fate, like Scheherazade. Although only two Carrados adventures involve ...

Linton, Dr C E

(1865-1930) US author of The Earthomotor and Other Stories (coll of linked stories 1920), a series of tales involving Transportation with the aid of various Inventions including the eponymous burrower, which carries the cast into a Hollow Earth where a Lost World is discovered whose inhabitants enjoy Immortality; and a Spaceship/flying boat which conveys them to the Moon and into Arctic realms, where another Lost Race is uncovered, this time an extremely advanced Telepathic civilization whose ...


US tv series (1994-1995). Wilbur Force Productions/Renaissance Pictures/Universal Television for Fox Television Network. Created by Sam Hamm and Sam Raimi. Produced by Paris Qualles, Tim Iacofano, and David Roessell. Directors included Cliff Bole, Rob Bowman, Michael Caffey, and Les Landau. Writers included Coleman Luck, Brad Markowitz, Qualles, Bryce Zabel, Mark Scott Zicree. Cast includes Galyn Gorg, Carl Lumbly, Roger Rees and Andrew J Robinson. One 90-minute pilot film plus 22 44-minute ...

Lang, Andrew

(1844-1912) Scottish anthropologist and man of letters well known for a wide range of literary activity, including novels, poetry, belles-lettres, children's books and (perhaps most familiar to current readers) Anthologies of traditional fables and tales retold for children, with some added hagiographical and historical material, much of the work being done by his wife; numerous volumes followed the first of these, The Blue Fairy Book (anth 1889). As an anthropologist, he presciently debunked ...

Ravis, Day

(?   -    ) US author of a Sex novel, One on Every Box (1970), a mild Satire et in the Near Future. [JC]

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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