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O'Nair, Mairi

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Constance May Evans (1888-1982), in the UK from before World War One, who specialized in romance novels (at least 100 of them) between 1932 and 1971, under her own name and as O'Nair. Of sf interest is The Girl with the X-Ray Eyes (coll of linked stories 1935), featuring a young woman detective with the power of Telepathy, which helps her solve her cases. [JC]

Stickgold, Bob

(1945-    ) US neurobiologist specializing in sleep research and author, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Susie's Reality" in the UK edition of Worlds of If (see If) for May-June 1973. His first sf novel, Gloryhits (1978) with Mark Noble, deals with a recombinant-DNA disaster. His second, The California Coven Project (1981), similarly exploits his professional knowledge in a Near-Future venue. [JC]

Regular Show

1. US animated tv series (2010-2017). Cartoon Network. Created by J G Quintel. Executive producers include Curtis Lelash, Brian A Miller, Jennifer Pelphrey, J G Quintel and Rob Sorcher. Writers include Michele Cavin, John Davis Infantino, Matt Price, J G Quintel, Mike Roth and Sean Szeles. Voice cast includes Robert Englund, Mark Hamill, Minty Lewis, Sam Marin, J G Quintel and William Salyers. 261 eleven-minute episodes, plus 15 shorts and the pilot. Colour. / 23-year-old slackers Mordecai ...

Gubbins, Herbert

(1887-1950) UK schoolteacher and author of some interest for his Sleeper Awakes tale, The Elixir of Life; Or, 2905 AD: A Novel of the Far Future (1914), whose protagonist finds the "far future" full of Inventions, though Television has caused universal illiteracy. [JC]

Shawn, Wallace

(1943-    ) US actor and playwright, very active in the former capacity; some of his roles – including a part of Strange Invaders (1983), the comic villain Vizzini in The Princess Bride (1987) and Grand Negus Zek in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – are of genre interest. As a playwright, the transgressive and Absurdist works of his earlier career, which began with The Hotel Play (1970), gradually gained narrative clarity and political focus, though without losing a ...

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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