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Cornwell, Patricia

(1956-    ) US author best known for the Kay Scarpetta crime series beginning with Postmortem (1990) [not listed below], featuring the cases of a Medical Examiner; by the third decade of the twenty-first century more than twenty-five volumes had been published. Cornwell is of sf interest for the Captain Chase sequence of Near Future crime-oriented Technothrillers beginning with Quantum (2019) featuring an astronaut who is also a competent quantum physicist, and a forensic ...

Heartfield, Kate

(?   -    ) Canadian journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Pair of Ragged Claws" in Black Treacle for March/April 2013. Her first novel, Armed in Her Fashion (2018) is a fantasy set in fourteenth-century northern Europe involving revenants and Shapeshifters and strong women; an earlier novella, The Course of True Love (2016 ebook), is set in a fantasy world based primarily on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ...

Robot Monster

Film (1953; vt Monsters from Mars). Three Dimension Pictures. Directed by Phil Tucker. Written by Wyott Ordung. Cast includes Claudia Barrett, George Barrows, John Brown, Gregory Moffett, John Mylong, George Nader, Pamela Paulson and Selena Royle. 66 minutes. Black and white. / A boy named Johnny (Moffett) wearing a space helmet with air tubes is playing with a girl named Carla (Paulson), who wants to play house instead, but it soon transpires that they, and the human race, are in a ...

Wilson, Hazel

(1898-1992) US librarian and author, almost always for younger readers. She is best known for the Herbert sequence about adventures of a young lad whose careless parents allow him to get into pickles, beginning with Herbert (1950). Of some sf interest is Herbert's Space Trip (1955), where Herbert saves an Alien planet from disaster with the help of his Uncle Horace, who is resourceful, like most uncles in twentieth-century children's books. [JC]

Davidson, Steve

(1958-    ) US fan (active with letters published in SF Magazines as early as 1978), editor and publisher. In 2012 he acquired the then-moribund Amazing Stories (which see), reviving it first as a lively website with a news and reviews blog, then with ebook and webzine issues, and – with help from Kickstarter funding – as a print magazine from August 2018 (#614 dated Fall 2018) to Summer 2020 (#619) with Ira Nayman as editor. Financial problems then led to ...

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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