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Kelleam, Joseph E

(1913-1975) US author and civil servant, an occasional contributor to the sf field since publishing his first story, "Rust" (October 1939 Astounding). His first novel, Overlords from Space (1956 dos), is a routine tale in which Alien conquerors of Earth are defeated at last. The Little Men (February 1959 Amazing as "Hunters out of Time"; 1960; vt Hunters out of Time 2012 dos) and its sequel, Hunters of Space (May 1960 Amazing as "Hunters of Space"; 1960; vt Hunters out of Space 2009 ebook), ...

Rennie, J Alan

Pseudonym of James Brown Gribbin (1899-1969) Scottish author of The Footstool of the Moon (1938), a Lost World novel set in Abyssinia where, having suffered Devolution, the Apes-as-Human survivors of a high ancient civilization threaten the safety of contemporary explorers; prehistoric species are discovered. [JC]

Boxleitner, Bruce

(1950-    ) US actor whose best-known genre role is as Captain Sheridan in Babylon 5 (1993-1998). He is also credited with two sf novels: the Frontier Earth sequence, comprising Frontier Earth (1999) and Frontier Earth: Searcher (2001), combines Space Opera and Western with some deftness in the ongoing story of an enigmatic gunman who roams nineteenth-century Western venues in an attempt to forestall an Alien invasion. William H Keith Jr has claimed credit for ghostwriting ...

Ambrose, David

(1943-    ) UK author and screenwriter, with more than twenty film credits before the turn of the century, including the script for Amityville 3-D (1983). He also scripted the television Alternative 3 (1977) and directed one film for television, Comeback (1987), a borderline medical thriller whose focus on abnormal Psychology prefigures much of his fiction. The Man Who Turned Into Himself (1993), his first novel, uses a Parallel World structure to explore the deep trauma ...

Hayward, William Stephens

(1835-1870) UK author, responsible for many adventure novels published in book form between 1863 and 1886, whose sf novel, The Cloud King, or Up in the Air and Down in the Sea (February-August 1863 The Boys' Journal as "The Cloud King; or, The Adventures of Charley Skyflier"; 1865), features a Balloon trip to an African Lost World in which low Gravity seems to help keep the natives from ageing, and which has Underground facilities, including access to the centre of the earth. Jess Nevins ...

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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