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Cornell, Fred C

(1867-1921) UK-born soldier and author, in South Africa 1902-1920; some of the stories assembled in A Rip Van Winkle of the Kalahari and Other Tales of South-West Africa (coll 1915) are of sf interest, including in particular the title novella, which concerns a Lost Race of ancient Phoenicians under the thrall of an Immortal She figure, and "The Proof", in which a young man attempts to prove the theory of Evolution by living with a tribe of baboons, but suffers Devolution (see Apes as Human). ...

Barzevi, A H

(?   -?   ) US author of Migrants of the Stars: Being an Account of the Discovery of the Marvelous Land of Niames, and of the Secret of its Inhabitants (1931) with Marc F Keller, the protagonist of which travels by Balloon to a Lost Race of philosophers who have created a Utopia on a flying Island, from whence he is transported to the nearby planet Zu, which is also benign, though its inhabitants lack extrasensory powers. [JC]

Ingpen, Robert

(1936-    ) Australian artist, illustrator and author, active from the late 1950s; most of his work is nonfiction or fantasy, the latter usually for children; he has also illustrated a very wide range of titles. He is of sf interest for the Australian Gnomes sequence beginning with Australian Gnomes (1979), which won a 1980 Ditmar Award for best novel, though its narrative elements are presented in the form of a fictional encyclopedia. The gnomes in question are miniature ...

Skinner, Martyn

(1906-1993) UK poet whose first published book, Sir Elfadore and Mabyna: a Poem in Four Cantos (1935 chap) anonymous, is an archaized romance set in Faerie. He remains best known for the three volumes of Letters to Malaya (coll 1941 chap, coll 1943 chap and coll 1947 chap), though his most ambitious works were two long narrative poems. The Return of Arthur sequence – comprising Merlin; Or, the Return of Arthur: A Satiric Epic (1951 chap), The Return of Arthur: A Poem of the Future (1955) ...

Clones, The

Film (1973; vt Dead Man Running). Filmmakers International/New World Pictures. Produced by Paul Hunt. Directed by Lamar Card and Hunt. Written by Steve Fisher from an original story by Card and Hunt. Cast includes Stanley Adams, Michael Greene, Susan Hunt and Gregory Sierra. 95 minutes. Colour. / Nuclear physicist Dr Gerald Appleby (Greene) discovers to his horror that an exact duplicate of himself has been attending his workplace and seeing his girlfriend Penny (Hunt). He has been Cloned ...

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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