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Dey, Frederick Van Rensselaer

(1861-1922) US lawyer and author who began to write fiction as early as 1881 under various names, and as Chickering Carter – see under that name for further details – was a central contributor to, and almost certainly the best author to be involved in, the Nick Carter series (see Nick Carter), writing at least 400 stories of varying length for the sequence. He also wrote stories, of various kinds, as by ...

Hard Time on Planet Earth

US tv series (1989). Demos-Bard/Shanachie Productions/Touchstone Television for CBS-TV. Produced by Janice Cooke Leonard, Michael Piller, and Rick Rondell. Directors included Bill Corcoran, Michael Lange, Robert Mandell, Piller, and Al Waxman. Writers included Bruce Cervi, E Jack Kaplan, Nicholas Corea, and Piller. Cast includes Martin Kove and Danny Mann. 13 60-minute episodes. Colour. / An Alien warrior from an unnamed planet is convicted of taking part ...

Wharton, Ken

(?   -    ) US physics professor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Callisto Incident" in The Leading Edge #39 for March 2000. His sf novel is Divine Intervention (2001), set on a human colony world (see Colonization of Other Worlds) which during more than a century of isolation from Earth has adopted an eccentric Religion called ...

Dollens, Morris Scott

(1920-1994) US artist – also as Morris Dollens, Maurice S Dollens and M S Dollens – who produced early work for Fanzines and began professional SF Magazine appearances in the late 1950s with one-off covers for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (November 1957), Venture Science Fiction (May 1958) and Fantastic ...

Portnoy, Howard N

(1946-    ) US author and teacher whose Hot Rain (1977) seems to start off as a Horror fantasy about apparently supernatural bolts of lightning. Eventually, however, a ludicrous pseudoscientific explanation (see Scientific Errors) is found in a secret military project. [JC] see also: Weather Control. /

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 ...

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