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Forster, E M

(1879-1970) UK author, perhaps best known for the last two novels published in his lifetime, Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). The Celestial Omnibus, and Other Stories (coll 1911) assembles several fantasies of interest, usually driven by the presence of deities like Pan or Hermes, fatally etiolated after the Edwardian fashion, though in fact the title novelette,"The Celestial Omnibus" (January 1908 Albany Review), is itself a ...

Meteor Man, The

Film (1993). Tinsel Townsend/MGM. Produced by Loretha C Jones, directed and written by Robert Townsend. Cast includes Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, Marla Gibbs, Eddie Griffin, Robert Guillame, James Earl Jones and Townsend. 100 minutes. Colour. / Townsend, the film's writer, director and leading actor, is a black comic with an extremely likeable, gentle manner; likeable enough, apparently, for him – he arranged the financing – to obtain many of the leading Black actors in the ...

Corey, Paul

(1903-1992) US reporter and author in various genres, active from as early as 1934 with "Their Forefathers Were Presidents" for Story, though his first work of genre interest, "Operation Survival" for New Worlds, did not appear until December 1962. Most of his early novels are set on farms in the US Middle West; the title of one of them, Acres of Antaeus (1946), deceptively suggests sf content; The Little Jeep (1946 chap) is a ...

Conway, Gerard F

(1952-    ) US author who began his career in Comics, writing some non-fantastic scripts for Marvel Comics; he began publishing sf with "Through the Dark Glass" for Amazing in November 1970. His first sf novel was The Midnight Dancers (1971). Mindship (in Universe 1, anth 1971, ed Terry Carr; exp 1974) is a ...

Gaughan, Jack

Working name of US illustrator John Brian Francis Gaughan (1930-1985). Gaughan made his first professional sale while still in school at the Dayton Art Institute; he went full-time in the mid-1950s. Prolific in both covers and interior art, he was most closely associated with Galaxy Science Fiction, for which he was Art Editor 1969-1972 and painted 38 covers over the years; he also did 29 covers for If, 11 covers for The ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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