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Patrice, Helen

(1964-    ) Australian poet and author who began to publish work of genre interest as Helen Sargeant, beginning with "The Questing Knight" in Far Out 3 for 1986, but who is best known for the set of linked poems assembled as A Woman of Mars: The Poems of an Early Homesteader (coll 2011 chap), during which the narrator travels with her lover to Mars and settles there. Some of the imagery reflects, with measured nostalgia, Ray Bradbury's in The Martian Chronicles (coll of ...

Dickson, Lovat

(1902-1987) Australian-born publisher and author, in Canada or UK most of his life, half-brother of Gordon R Dickson; discovered and published Grey Owl (1888-1938), a Canadian-Indian sage famously unmasked after his death as a Scotsman named Archie Belaney; Dickson later wrote an interesting critical biography of H G Wells, H G Wells: His Turbulent Life and Times (1969). [JC]

Maniac Mansion: Day of the Tentacle

Videogame (1993). LucasArts. Designed by Tim Schafer, David Grossman. Platforms: DOS (1993); Mac (1996). / Day of the Tentacle is a graphical Adventure game, a loose sequel to Maniac Mansion (1987). Widely considered to be one of the best of LucasArts' Adventures, it focuses on Purple Tentacle, an intelligent ambulatory member created by Dr Edison's dubious experiments in the first game. After exposing itself to toxic waste, the tentacle grows arms and develops a demented plan to become ...

Rountree, Josh

(1973-    ) US author who sometimes writes under his full name Joshua Rountree, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Fool's Tile" in Glyph for 15 December 2002. Much of his early work was assembled as Can't Buy Me Faded Love (coll 2007), with several tales placing various popular singer-songwriters and rock'n'roll performers into Alternate History worlds, rather after the fashion of Howard Waldrop, who introduced this volume. His second collection, Fantastic ...

Kelly, William Patrick

(1848-1915) UK author in whose Doctor Baxter's Invention (1912) it proves possible to transfer insanity and homicidal behaviour from one person to another via a serum taken from the blood of a homicidal maniac (see Identity Transfer; Medicine). The Harrington Street Mystery (1915), a detective story, features an electro-magnetic Weapon. [JC]

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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