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McMahon, Thomas Patrick

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author, mainly of thrillers, in whose The Hubschmann Effect (1973) a new Drug is used in the apparent Genetic Engineering of a group of children, who cause chaos. He contributed at least one story to the Wildsidhe Chronicles Shared World fantasy sequence [not listed]. Thomas Patrick McMahon should not be confused with the scientist and author Thomas McMahon.[JC]

Hackett, John Winthrop

(1910-1997) Australian soldier, academic and author, whose military career in the British Army extended from 1931 to 1968, when he retired as commander in chief, British Army of the Rhine, and who then became principal of King's College, London. His Future War texts, The Third World War: August 1985: A Future History (1978) and The Third World War: The Untold Story (coll 1982), both written with the help of a think-tank of soldiers, journalists and diplomats, together describe the course of a ...

Williams, Carol Lynch

(1959-    ) US author of some interest for the Just in Time series of very Young Adult Time Travel tales beginning with The Rescue Begins in Delaware (2013), all with Cheri Pray Earl; the two child protagonists travel back and forth in a Time Machine coveted by a Villain, and meet various historical figures, including Thomas Alva Edison. Their adventures are titivated by the fact that one or another of them changes into an animal each time the machine is used. Of Williams's ...

Dixon, Franklin W

Perhaps the most famous House Name of the Stratemeyer Syndicate (see Edward Stratemeyer), used by Leslie McFarlane for his contributions to the Hardy Boys sequence and by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and others; rare items of genre interest in this series include The Disappearing Floor (1940) by John Button (whom see), The Firebird Rocket (1978) and The Hardy Boys: Ghost Stories (coll 1984). Two other early titles of possible interest are from the Ted Scott Flying Stories sequence: Castaways of ...

Gordon, Stuart

Working name of Scottish teacher and author Richard Alexander Steuart Gordon (1947-2009), not to be confused with the director of supernatural horror films, Stuart Gordon, nor with Stuart Gordon (1924-    ), the author of Gordonstown: A New Design for America (1980). Gordon also wrote as Alex R Stuart and published his first sf story – "A Light in the Sky" for New Worlds in July 1965 – as Richard A Gordon. His first sf novel, Time Story (1972), describes a ...

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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