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Lake, David J

(1929-2016) Indian-born UK academic and author who emigrated to Australia in 1967; his education (a Jesuit school in India, a BA in English at Cambridge, a diploma in linguistics and a PhD in English) is reflected in the texture of his sf work, as is his teaching in Vietnam, Thailand and India (1959-1967). After several works of criticism, including the strongly argued, somewhat controversial The Canon of Thomas Middleton's Plays (1975) and a volume of poetry, Hornpipes and Funerals (coll ...

Romano, Deane

(1927-2011) US author and screenwriter, active in the latter capacity with scripts like "Angels' Flight" (1962). Some of his work dealt with current investigations into parapsychology (see Psi Powers), and his filmscript on this subject was novelized by Louis Charbonneau as The Sensitives (1968). Romano's own sf novel, Flight from Time One (1972), also treated parapsychology, this time in the didactic tale of an elite squad of "astralnauts" whose members take on missions in their astral bodies, ...

Aldrin, Buzz

Working name of US fighter pilot (in Korea), astronaut with a research degree in orbital mechanics, rocket design entrepreneur and author Edwin Eugene Aldrin (1930-    ), whose first space flight was in Gemini XII in 1966, and whose most famous extraterrestrial moment was the Moon Walk in 1969 in which Neil Armstrong took the first step. His first sf novel is Encounter with Tiber (1996) with John Barnes; told by an historian aboard the first Starship in 2069, it recounts two ...

Beyond Tomorrow

US Radio anthology series (1950; vt Beyond This World). CBS for the CBS Radio Network. Producers, directors, and staff writers unknown. / Although newspaper advertisements appeared for this series, it is unclear whether any of the three episodes were in fact aired. "Requiem" (5 April 1950) was adapted from "Requiem" (January 1940 Astounding) by Robert A Heinlein; "Incident at Switchpath" (11 April 1950) was adapted from "The Sky was Full of Ships" (June 1947 Thrilling Wonder; vt "The Cave ...

Price, Susan

(1955-    ) UK author, mostly of fantasies for younger children and for Young Adult readers, from around 1973. The Ghost World sequence beginning with The Ghost Drum (1987) is a powerful evocation of Arctic cultures, in which shamanistic beliefs (and other elements) are taken as literal descriptions of the world. She is of strong sf interest for two late series. The Sterkarm sequence, comprising The Sterkarm Handshake (1998) and A Sterkarm Kiss (2003), contrasts a ...

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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