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Johnson, Les

(?   -    ) US physicist with a master's degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), futurist (see Futures Studies), NASA space technologist and author who began to publish fiction of genre interest with Back to the Moon (2010) with Travis S Taylor, opening the Hard SF Space Excursions sequence continued in ...

Garson, Vaseleos

Pseudonym of US author William J Garson (?   -    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "One Against the Stars" for Planet Stories in Summer 1944, and who was moderately active in the 1940s. His sf novel, Brother Earth (1974), is an elaborate but unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Testament des Dr Mabuse, Das

Film (1933; vt The Last Will of Dr Mabuse, 1943) Nero-Film AG. Directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Thea von Harbou, loosely based on Norbert Jacques's then-unpublished fragment «Mabuses Kolonie» ["Mabuse's Colony"] (written circa 1930). Cast includes Oscar Beregi Sr, Gustav Diessl, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Wera Liessem, Otto Wernicke. 122 minutes. Black and ...

Taylor, Angus

(1945-    ) Canadian critic and academic; involved in Canadian Fandom from the 1960s through the 1980s; with the Spaced Out Library (now the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy) 1972-1975. He began to publish reviews of genre interest in Moebius Trip Library: Science Fiction Echo 17 for May 1973 (see Moebius Trip). His sharp, socio-political ...

Taylor, Travis S

(1968-    ) US aerospace engineer, optician, broadcaster and author whose Hard SF Warp Speed sequence beginning with Warp Speed (2004) updates elements of the Edisonade as its multi-talented protagonist, named in part after Robert A Heinlein, creates a Hyperspace drive which opens the galaxy to an expanding human race; it also ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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