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Barnes, John

(1957-    ) US author, married to fantasy author Kara Dalkey (1953-    ) from 1993 to 2001, who began publishing sf with "Manuel's Tears", for CoEvolution Quarterly in 1982, a tale which comprised a middle chapter of his successful first novel, The Man Who Pulled Down the Sky (1987), an effective drama involving highly coloured political conflicts throughout the solar system after World War Three has devastated the home planet. His second, Sin of Origin ...

Maggin, Elliot S

(1950-    ) US author of Comics, including various Superman titles, particularly during the 1970s and 1980s, when he was involved in reshaping the out-of-control DC Comics universe. As an author, he began publishing work of interest with "Spy 166: The Underground Express" in Weird Heroes: Volume 2 (anth 1975) edited by Byron Preiss. He also wrote some Ties to the Superman universe, beginning with Superman: Last Son of Krypton (1978). Maggin sometimes spells his middle name ...

Carey, C J

Pseudonym of Venezuelan-born journalist and author Jane Thynne (1961-    ), in the UK from childhood; married to Philip Kerr until his death in 2018. Her fiction under her own name is nonfantastic; she is best known for the Clara Vine series of thrillers set in Germany before World War Two [not listed below]. She is of sf interest for Widowland (2021) as by C J Carey, an Alternate History Hitler Wins tale set in the occupied Dystopian Britain of 1953, whose Protector, Alfred ...


1. Film (1984). Delphi Productions II/Columbia. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Bruce A Evans, Raynold Gideon (and Dean Riesner, uncredited). Cast includes Karen Allen, Jeff Bridges, Richard Jaeckel and Charles Martin Smith. 115 minutes. Colour. / Carpenter ventured into Spielberg territory in this sweet – possibly saccharine – story of a wide-eyed innocent arriving from space. The Starman (Bridges), first seen as a ball of light, exactly recreates himself in the image of ...

Warner, Harry, Jr

(1922-2003) US journalist, author and sf fan, publisher of several Fanzines, including Spaceways and the long-lived Horizons, which appeared regularly in FAPA from 1939 until his death. He was noted for prolific writing of letters of comment to others' fanzines for most of this period. Warner also made several professional sales to SF Magazines in the 1940s and 1950s, beginning with the poem "Realization" (January 1940 Weird Tales); his first professionally published story was the vignette ...

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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