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Orban, Paul

American artist (1896-1974), born in Hungary, who often signed his work as Orban. After studying at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts from 1913 to 1917, he initially did illustrations for the Chicago Tribune and worked in advertising before moving to Mount Vernon, New York in 1930 to focus on providing a few covers and numerous interior illustrations for a wide range of Pulp magazines, with occasional assignments for more upscale venues like The New York Times and Reader's Digest. / The sf ...

Track of the Moon Beast

Film (1976). Brandon Films/Cinema Shares International Distributors. Produced by Ralph T Desiderio. Directed by Richard Ashe (credited as Dick Ashe). Written by Bill Finger (credited as William Finger), and Charles Sinclair. Makeup by Rick Baker and Joe Blasco. Cast includes Joe Blasco, Chase Cordell (Paul Carlson), Leigh Drake (credited as Donna Leigh Drake), Gregorio Sala and Patrick Wright. 90 minutes, cut to 81 minutes for home video. Colour. / An Asteroid strikes the Moon and sends ...

McQuay, Mike

Working name of US author Michael Dennis McQuay (1949-1995), who began to publish sf with his first novel, Life-Keeper (1980), which very competently presents the kind of scenario he unrelentingly promulgated in book after book: a noir world governed by corrupt forces; a tough, anarchic, street-wise male protagonist whose powers – and virtue – are very exceptional indeed; and a plot which gives plenty of opportunities for arena-like conflicts between that protagonist and the corrupt ...

Whitmore, Arvella

(1922-2020) US teacher and author of novels for younger readers and the Young Adult market whose Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey (1999) follows the ordeal of a contemporary African American teenager who is transported by Time Travel into the nightmare of Slavery-ridden antebellum America, from which he must escape. [JC]

Elton, James

A House Name of the John Spencer and Co imprint Badger Books. The only sf title to appear under this byline was The Quest of the Seeker (1958) by W H Fear. [DRL/SH]

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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