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Carr, Terry

(1937-1987) US author and editor; married to Carol Carr from 1961 until his death. He became an sf fan in 1949 and, throughout the 1950s (and later), enjoyed a long and prolific career as such; one of his Fanzines, Fanac, co-edited with Ron Ellik, won a Hugo in 1959, and Carr eventually won his second Hugo as Best Fan Writer in 1973. Some of this writing was assembled as The Incompleat Terry Carr, Volume 1 (coll 1972 chap), Fandom Harvest (coll 1986), Between Two Worlds (coll 1986 chap dos) ...

Space Camp

Film (1986). ABC. Directed by Harry Winer. Written by W W Wicket, Casey T Mitchell, from a story by Patrick Bailey, Larry B Williams. Cast includes Kate Capshaw, Tate Donovan, Leaf Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Larry B Scott, Tom Skerritt and Lea Thompson. 108 minutes. Colour. / At a NASA-sponsored summer space camp, a Space Flight simulation in a space shuttle becomes the real thing after the intervention of a well-meaning Robot, and four teenagers and a small boy have to replenish their oxygen ...

Tolstoy, Alexei

(1883-1945) Russian author, sometimes mistakenly thought to have been a distant relative of Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910); he was not in fact a blood relative of the famous Tolstoy, though his mother's second husband was related, and gave Tolstoy his surname. Tolstoy is best known for two books whose first versions appeared in the experimental 1920s and both of which were revised in the decade of terror which followed. Aelita (first version #6 1922-#1-2 1923 Krasnaya Nov' as "Aelita (Zakat Marsa)"; ...

Lermina, Jules

(1839-1915) French journalist and author, who sometimes wrote as William Cobb (usually for work set in America), active from 1859, suffering arrest for his opposition to the Second Empire of Napoleon III; in the 1880s, he became honorary president of a contorted dynastic descendant of the Theosophical Society (see Theosophy); his novels include two nonfantastic sequels to Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-1845 18vols). After short stories from as early as 1870, and after Le ...

Captain Marvel

US Comic-book character, in fact a sequence of characters, the first of which to bear the name was created by artist C C Beck (the first to draw the character) and writer Bill Parker. Captain Marvel first appeared in 1940 in Fawcett's Whiz Comics (1940-1953) and then contemporaneously in Fawcett's Captain Marvel Adventures (1941-1953); Jack Kirby and Mac Raboy were among its many later illustrators. Foremost among its scriptwriters was Otto Binder (see Eando Binder), who developed Captain ...

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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