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Arnette, Robert

A Ziff-Davis House Name used in Amazing, Fantastic Adventures and Fantastic by Robert Silverberg and Roger P Graham (Rog Phillips) – who may have originated the name – for one identified story each and by unidentified authors for six stories 1951-1957. [PN]


Pseudonym of US author Terry Woodrow (?   -    ), who also edited Lesbian Bedtime Stories (anth 1991). Her sf novel It's Time: A Nuclear Novel (1985) is bylined "Jana Bluejay" on the front cover and copyright page but "Bluejay" only on the title page. The book describes an agrarian feminist Utopia whose existence is constantly under threat from a surrounding oppressive state. [JC]

Vaughan, Ralph E

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Nighttime" in Etchings & Odysseys for December 1986. He has spent most of his subsequent career adding to the Cthulhu Mythos as adumbrated (but not created) by H P Lovecraft, through his Sherlock Holmes in the Cthulhu Mythos Adventures beginning with a novella, Sherlock Holmes in the Adventure of the Ancient Gods (1990 chap) (see Sherlock Holmes). Most of the ensuing tales, including this title, were ...

Palumbo, Donald E

(1949-    ) US academic and author, married to the artist Julie Bell in the 1980s, father of the artist David Palumbo; he began to publish sf studies of interest with "Loving That Machine; Or, the Mechanical Egg: Sexual Mechanisms and Metaphors in Science Fiction Films" in The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction (anth 1982) edited by Thomas P Dunn and Richard D Ehrlich. Following from this, Erotic Universe: Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film (anth 1986) and ...

Gamma People, The

Film (1956). Warwick Film Productions/Columbia Pictures (US)/Columbia Pictures Corporation (UK). Produced by John Gossage. Directed by John Gilling. Written by Gilling and Gossage from a story by Robert Aldrich and Louis Pollock. Cast includes Eva Bartok, Michael Cirida, Paul Douglas, Pauline Drewett, Leslie Phillips and Walter Rilla. 79 minutes, cut to 76 minutes in some prints. Black and white. / American reporter Mike Wilson (Douglas) and his English photographer Howard (Phillips) are ...

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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