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Mellon, Mark

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, Escape from Byzantium (2009), is fantasy whose protagonist, Simon Rosencreutz, seems to have nothing to do with Rosicrucianism; Napoleon Concerto: A Novel in Three Movements (2010) is an Alternate History tale in which the Napoleonic Empire and Great Britain are deadlocked after years of War, with neither able to gain an advantage. With the aid of an alternate Robert Fulton (1765-1815), whose Invention of an ...

Morris, Jan

(1926-2020) UK travel writer and historian, from just after World War Two until the mid-1970s as James Morris; A Venetian Bestiary (1982) is fantasticated within its conventional frame, but she is of genuine sf interest for Last Letters from Hav (1985; exp vt as coll, Hav 2006). In the 1985 iteration, a travel writer named Morris sojourns in the vastly intricate Middle Eastern peninsula and City called Hav, a Zone safely insulated behind a great escarpment or Polder [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Winslow, Pauline Glen

(1926-2014) UK author, now resident in the USA, in whose I, Martha Adams (1982) the Cold War suddenly ends in a Russian nuclear strike (see World War Three) and the Invasion of an unprepared America, even though the (now assassinated) President Reagan had secretly redirected funds meant for socialist water projects into developing a secret Weapon, which the eponymous heroine discovers, turning the tables on the Russian conquerors. Judgement Day (1984) is a horror tale set in California. [JC]

Sadler, Barry

(1940-1989) US soldier, songwriter and author; his most famous song, "Ballad of the Green Berets" (1966), commemorated the Special Forces in Vietnam; he was imprisoned for 30 days in 1980 for voluntary manslaughter, after shooting a fellow songwriter who had been molesting a female neighbour. As an sf writer he was known exclusively for his series of Military SF adventures starring a mercenary named Casca – cursed with Immortality by Jesus Christ (see Wandering Jew) – who serves in ...

Night of the Living Dead

1. Film (1968). Image 10 Productions/Walter Reade-Continental. Directed by George A Romero. Written by Romero and John A Russo. Cast includes Karl Hardman, Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Keith Wayne. 96 minutes, cut to 90 minutes. Black and white. / This unrelenting and downbeat Horror film, Romero's astonishing debut, tells of a horde of walking, cannibalistic corpses who lay siege to an isolated house. Their revival is explained by "space radiation" brought to Earth on an aborted Rocket ...

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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