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Garrison, Wendell Phillips

(1840-1907) US editor – he was co-founder of The Nation, and served as its literary editor from 1865 to 1906 – and author of The New Gulliver (1898), a sequel to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), in which the Houyhnhnms are revisited, and Evolution discussed. Garrison was a popularizer of the works of Charles Darwin. [JC] see also: Gulliver. /

Ballou, Arthur

(1915-1981) US business consultant and author of two Young Adult sf novels: Marooned in Orbit (1968), which features a mission to save a disabled spaceship in lunar orbit; and Bound for Mars (1970), featuring some of the same characters as the previous novel, about a space mission endangered by one of its crew after its leaves a Space Station en route to Mars. [JC]

Trebor, Robert

Pseudonym of an unidentified US author (?   -    ). "Robert Trebor", a palindrome, is a frequently used Pseudonym and no presumption is made here that this author has written other work bearing the same name; he is not, for instance, Robert Trebor, the television actor, nor the singer-songwriter Robert Trebor. The Trebor featured in this entry is the author of an sf novel, An Xt Called Stanley (1983), featuring an Alien on Earth. [JC]

Gosse, Edmund

(1849-1928) UK scholar and critic, best known for his initially anonymous autobiography, Father and Son (1907); exceedingly prolific as a reviewer and belletrist for many years. Of sf interest is his novel, The Secret of Narcisse: A Romance (1892), set in the sixteenth century in the French town of Bar-le-Duc, where the protagonist, a sculptor, manufactures (see Inventions) a Robot which much resembles a skeleton, and which causes him to be denounced (and condemned) for practising Black Magic. ...

Space Truckers

Film (1996). Goldcrest Films International, Peter Newman Productions and InterAL. Produced and directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Gordon and Ted Mann. Cast includes Barbara Crampton, Charles Dance, Stephen Dorff, Olwen Fouéré, Dennis Hopper, Tim Loane, Debi Mazar, Shane Rimmer and George Wendt. 95 minutes. Colour. / Ramshackle mises en scene, some garish over-acting, a careless handling of the underlying dynamic of conflict between Outer Planets and inner planets of our ...

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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