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Hawkes, Jacquetta

(1910-1996) UK archaeologist and author, daughter of the Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861-1947); known mainly for such works outside the sf field as The Land (1951). Her second marriage was to J B Priestley, which lasted from 1953 until his death in 1984. She was a co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Hawkes was made an OBE in 1952. / Her first work of genre interest, Fables (coll ...

Luna, Kris

A House Name used twice for Curtis Warren publications: Stella Radium Discharge (1952) by David O'Brien – continuing his International Research Council Future History sequence whose previous titles had appeared as by Berl Cameron – and Operation Orbit (1953) by William Henry ...

Total Annihilation

Videogame (1997). Cavedog Entertainment (CE). Designed by Chris Taylor. Platforms: Win (1997); Mac (1999). / Total Annihilation is a Real Time Strategy game, noted for its innovative design. It introduced many new features to the gameplay seen in previous RTS games such as Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn (1995) (see ...

Wells, Martha

(1964-    ) US author most of whose career has been dedicated to fantasy [a highly selected Checklist appears below], beginning with the Ile-Rien sequence whose first volume, The Element of Fire (1993; rev 2006), applies some tropes from the Fantasy of Manners toolkit [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to colour in a tale of Magic. The second ...

Lawrence, Jim

Working name of US teacher and author James Duncan Lawrence (1918-1994), active from 1941 until the 1980s; he was one of the main authors in the Second Series of Tom Swift books (see Children's SF), comprising the Tom Swift Jr sequence as by Victor Appleton II (see Victor Appleton); Lawrence's contributions begin with #5: Tom Swift and His Atomic Earth Blaster (1954) and end with #30: ...

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 consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf ...

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