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Berry, Stephen Ames

(1947-    ) US systems analyst and data architect, formerly with the US Army Security Agency, and author whose John Harrison/Biofab War sequence of Near Future adventures comprises The Biofab War (1984), The Battle for Terra Two (1986), The AI War (1987) and Final Assault (1988). Military engagements (see Military SF) predominate throughout between the malign, mind-enslaving biological fabricants and the human defenders of Earth, of its Parallel Worlds counterpart Terra Two ...

Davey, Norman

(1888-1949) UK engineer and author whose Perhaps: A Tale of To-morrow (1914; rev vt Yesterday: A Tory Fairy-Tale 1924) wittily (but also frivolously) describes the Near-Future secession of the Isle of Wight. Although copies of Perhaps exist, there is no clear evidence that the text was officially published; this omission was almost certainly because of the start of World War One. Yesterday presents essentially the same story as fantasy. Davey's other genre works are fantasies, the best known of ...

West, Roland

Pseudonym of US film director and playwright Roland Van Zimmer (1885-1952), who is best remembered for the unsubstantiated allegation that he murdered his business partner and lover Thelma Todd (1906-1935). He is of some sf interest for a play, The Unknown Purple (performed 1918; 1919), which is also credited to Carlyle Moore (1875-1924), who was not involved in the film version, The Unknown Purple (1923) directed by West. The play involves the use of the power of Invisibility for purposes of ...

Wells, Simon

(1961-    ) UK animator and director, great-grandson of H G Wells and protegé of Steven Spielberg. He branched out into live action with The Time Machine (2002), and into Robert Zemeckis's performance-capture technology with Mars Needs Moms (2011), which he also co-wrote with his wife Wendy. Both offered a revisionist Hollywood take on original Wellsian themes; both were notable flops. [NL]

MacVicar, Angus

(1908-2001) Scottish author known from 1933 for crime thrillers; his autobiographies and Children's SF came later in his career. The first three volumes of his Lost Planet sequence – The Lost Planet (1953), Return to the Lost Planet (1954) and Secret of the Lost Planet (1955) – engagingly described space journeys to reach, explore and ultimately defend the minor planet Hesikos. MacVicar portrayed Hesikos as a "peaceful planet" once mentioned by Plato, and his gentle philosophy ...

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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