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Shimerman, Armin

(1949-    ) US actor and author, best known in the former capacity for his role as the Ferengi bartender named Quark in the Television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999); his first novel, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The 34th Rule (1999) with David R George III, is based on Quark. His Merchant Prince sequence beginning with The Merchant Prince (2000) with Michael Scott (1959-    ) features John Dee who, rescued from prison and placed in ...

Hartman, Emerson B

(?1888/1889-1969) US author whose Lunarchia: That Strange World Beneath the Moon's Crust (1937) began a projected six-volume interplanetary sequence in the Edgar Rice Burroughs vein with the discovery of a colourful civilization within the Moon. No further volumes appeared. In The Giant of the Sierras (1945) a Lost World is discovered in California inhabited by giants, Dinosaurs, and other creatures. [JC]

Watkins, William John

(1942-    ) US poet, author and academic, associate professor then full professor of English at Brookdale Community College, New Jersey (now retired). For early work up to 1980 his working name was William Jon Watkins [see Checklist below for byline distinctions]. He was initially active as a poet, his first book being Five Poems (coll 1968 chap). His first sf novel, with Gene Snyder, was Ecodeath (1972), a Pollution story in which the leading characters are called Snyder ...

Worth, Nigel

Pseudonym of UK navy officer and author Noel Wright (1890-1975), who reached flag rank in the Royal Navy during World War Two, and who is of sf interest for The Arms of Phaedra: A Tale of Wonder and Adventure (1924), a Lost Race tale set in Crete, where ancient Minoans are found to have survived. The Wise Man of Welby (1924) is an adventure tale with fantasy elements. Under his own name, Wright wrote nonfiction, mostly about naval matters. [JC]

Lupoff, Richard A

(1935-2020) US author who worked in computers until he became a full-time writer in 1970; he also used the pseudonym Addison Steele. He was first active in sf Fandom; the fanzine Xero, which he co-edited with his wife Pat, won a Hugo in 1963. A series of articles therein about Comics later formed the core of All in Color for a Dime (anth 1970), which Lupoff co-edited with Don Thompson; contributors included Harlan Ellison, Ron Goulart and Ted White. He contributed a long-running book-review ...

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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