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Weir, Andy

(1972-    ) US author who has also written as by Jack Sharp and has self-published fiction at his Galactanet site [see links below] since 2009. His first novel, The Martian (2014), initially self-published as a free online ebook in 2012, describes in considerable detail the travails of an astronaut stranded on Mars as fellow-Scientists work out a way to rescue him. His survival techniques include growing potatoes in his departed team's Martian habitat module, and burning ...

Main, R Edward

(1937-    ) US author of a Young Adult tale, Maiden Voyager (2005), in which a sheltered teenager must try to find her lost father in the mysterious "void" via which interstellar travel is possible; inside the void, much is discovered. [JC]

Sinclair, Clive

(1948-2018) UK author best known for his first novel, Bibliosexuality (1973), which not quite fantastically describes a neurotic condition involving sexual intimacy with books, as conveyed through an ultimately indecipherable narrative liaison between the author and the conveyor or victim of excessive bibliophily (see Jorge Luis Borges; Postmodernism and SF). Hearts of Gold (coll 1979) and Bedbugs (coll 1982) contain some fantasy and supernatural fiction, the first including "Uncle Vlad", a ...

Carolina Cannonball

Film (1955). Republic Pictures. Associate Producer: Sidney Picker. Directed by Charles Lamont. Written by Barry Shipman from a story by Frank Gill Jr. Cast includes Leon Askin, Judy Canova, Andy Clyde, Ross Elliott, Jack Kruschen and Sig Ruman. 73 minutes. Black and white. / In the ghost town of Roaring Gulch, Nevada, Judy (herself) and her grandfather Rutherford Canova (Clyde) are the only remaining residents. Nevertheless they maintain the Carolina Cannonball, a trolley train, in part ...

Hildick, E W

(1925-2001) UK author, partially resident in the USA from around 1965, prolific author from 1958 of no-nonsense tales for younger children and Young Adult readers, often featuring working-class protagonists and focusing on practical solutions to the problems of living; the late Ghost Squad sequence enjoyably loosens his didactic impulses, retailing a series of conflicts between its young protagonists and the eponymous gang of quasi-criminal ghosts. Books of sf interest include Manhattan Is ...

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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