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Steele, Alex

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, whose The New People: They Came from the Sea (1969) is a Tie to an abortive Young Adult Television series, The New People (1969-1970), and confronts its numerous young protagonists with an Invasion of their Island by beings whose nature is not made clear. [JC]

Collodi, Carlo

Pseudonym of Italian journalist and author Carlo Lorenzini (1826-1890), active from the early 1850s, much of his work being political Satire from an anti-monarchist point of view; famous for his children's fantasy Le Avventure di Pinocchio: storia di un burattino (first fifteen chapters 7 July-27 October 1881 Giornale per i bambini as "La storia di un burratino"; chapters fifteen to thirty-six February 1882-January 1883 Giornale per i bambini as "Le avventure di Pinocchio"; rev 1883; trans Mary ...

Martinière, Stephan

(1962-    ) French artist, later a resident of America. After some brief training in animation, he went to work for DIC Entertainment in the mid-1980s, temporarily requiring him to move to Japan, and he was soon contributing to a number of animated series, including Inspector Gadget (1983-1986), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (1985), MASK (1985), The Real Ghost Busters (1986-1991), and Madeline (1993-1995), primarily as an artist but also as a writer and director. He has ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Vril Staff (1891), an unauthorized Sequel by Other Hands to Edward Bulwer Lytton's The Coming Race (1871), in which vril is the Power Source for a vastly effective Weapon, whose wielder initially eliminates Indians in the American West, and then, as the tale ricochets into the Near Future, acts as a regulator of internecine European warfare. The novel, erratically, turns into an overexcited Future History. ...

Hunter, Evan

One of the first pseudonyms and from 1952 the adopted legal name of US author born Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926-2005), who ultimately became better known as Ed McBain, under which byline he wrote at least over fifty laconic police procedurals as well as some action-detections in the John D MacDonald mould. All in all, Hunter/McBain published about 150 books. As Hunter he is most famous for novels like The Blackboard Jungle (1954) and Strangers When We Meet (1958); his later career had little ...

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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