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Pope, Thomas

(?   -    ) US game designer and author who has collaborated with David Weber (whom see) and Timothy Zahn on A Call to Arms (2015) and subsequent volumes of the Honor Harrington: Manticore Ascendant sequence set in Weber's Honor Harrington universe; the first book in this subseries, A Call to Duty (2014), was by Weber and Zahn only. [DRL]

Napier, Bill

Working name of Scottish astronomer and author William M Napier (1940-    ), whose several Technothrillers teasingly approach genuine sf patterns of cognition, but generally baulk from taking them as the burden of the tales told; the titles closest to full sf include Nemesis (1998) and The Lure (2002), the former featuring a threatened US Asteroid impact with devious political complications, while the latter invokes Alien attempts to establish Communication with humans. The ...

Rucker, Rudy

Working name of US mathematician, computer programmer and author Rudolf von Bitter Rucker (1946-    ), who has advanced degrees in Mathematics from Rutgers University, concentrating on transfinite mathematics and multidimensional geometry. Like many sf writers, he began very early to produce stories, but unlike most who became successful he had difficulty placing his work, in which mathematical concepts and diagrams tended to generate both plot and venue, these Thought ...

One Million B.C.

Film (1940; vt Man and His Mate). Hal Roach/United Artists. Directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr. Written by Mickell Novak, George Baker, Joseph Frickert, based on a story by Eugene Roche. Cast includes Lon Chaney Jr, Carole Landis and Victor Mature. 85 minutes, cut to 80 minutes. Black and white. / In this not very distinguished Prehistoric SF Romeo-and-Juliet soap opera a young caveman is exiled from the family cave and meets a girl from a rival tribe; together they face various ...

Braddon, Russell

(1921-1995) Australian author of biographies, many novels and some other work; he was actively interested in experiments on ESP. He was imprisoned by the Japanese in Changi, Singapore, during World War II. His first sf novel, The Year of the Angry Rabbit (1964), is sensitive – unsurprisingly in view of his nationality – about the threat posed by giant rabbits to civilization as we know it; by the end of the book, only a few Aborigines remain, and they start a second Flood. A film, ...

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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