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Prospero, Peter

Pseudonym, likely used by US editor and author Nathan Covington Brooks (1809-1898) for the novel-length sf tale, "The Atlantis: A Southern World" [for full title see Checklist] (September 1838-June 1839 American Museum of Science, Literature, and the Arts), the first four chapters of which appeared in The Man Who Called Himself Poe (anth 1969) edited by Sam Moskowitz. The tale itself is like and unlike Edgar Allan ...

Herbison, J S

(?   -    ) Canadian author, partner of Andrew Neil Gray; she is of sf interest for The Ghost Line (2017) with Gray [whom see for further details], a Space Opera set in near space between Earth and Mars. [JC]

Supersonic Saucer

Film (1956). Gaumont British Picture Corporation/British Lion Film Corporation. Directed by Guy Fergusson. Written by Dallas Bower from a story by Frank Wells. Cast includes Fella Edmonds, Gillian Harrison, Tony Lyons and Marcia Monolescue. 50 minutes. Black and white. / A small, friendly Alien from Venus is found and "adopted" by a group of schoolchildren from an English countryside school. The alien is pursued by criminals who ...

Wallis, George C

(1871-1956) UK printer (before World War One), cinema manager and author who began writing sf and historical and adventure fiction in 1895 for the penny weekly adult magazines, the first of these apparently being a serial, "Behind the Barrier: A Story of Mystery and Peril in the Antarctic Regions" in Pearson's Storyteller for 12 October 1895/concluding issue not known; around the turn of the century, he was writing for Slick journals, but around 1903 he began ...

Piper, Walter

(?   -    ) US author of a Sex novel set in the Near Future, Space Swap 1984-8612 (1970). [JC]

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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