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Seaforth, A Nelson

Pseudonym of UK soldier, colonial administrator and author George Sydenham Clarke (1848-1933), who was appointed first Baron Sydenham of Combe in 1913, and whose ongoing interest in military matters inspired many articles (under his own name) on submarine warfare, the coining (as he claimed) of the term "imperial defense", and a Future-War novel, The Last Great Naval War (1891) as by A Nelson Seaforth, in which France and the UK become involved at ...

Watt, Findlay

(?   -?   ) UK author of a lightly fictionalized Utopia, Allanforth Commune: The Triumph of Socialism (1913), set in a Near Future Scotland indistinguishable from the real world, except for the possibility of successful collective settlements. [JC]

Stern, Roger

(1950-    ) US Comics writer and editor, and author of three Ties to graphic works in which he had been involved: The Death and Life of Superman (1993) and Smallville: Strange Visitors (2002), both in the Smallville subsection of the Superman Universe division of the DC Comics Metaverse overseries; and Superman: The Never-Ending Battle ...


Pseudonym of US architect, civil engineer and author Alfred Francis Sears (1826-1911), in Peru 1872-1880. His Lost Race novel, The Lost Inca: a Tale of Discovery in the Vale of the Inti-Mayu (1889) [for full title see Checklist below], carries its protagonist into the heart of Peru, where the descendants of Manco-Capac, last of the Incas – having escaped destruction at the hands of the white invaders – have created a ...

Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish/Mexican film (2006). Original title El laberinto del fauno. Directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. CafeFX, Esperanto Filmoj, Estudios Picasso, OMM, Sententia Entertainment, Telecinco, Tequila Gang, Wild Bunch. Cast includes Pablo Adán, Álex Angulo, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López and Maribel Verdú. 119 minutes. Colour. / ...

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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