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Moore, David Thomas

(?   -    ) Australian anthologist, publisher and author, in the UK from before 2000, who began publishing work of genre interest with "An Unburdening of the Soul" in Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke (anth 2012) edited by Anne C Perry and Jared Shurin, one of an assortment of tales about London (see Horror in SF). To the Pax Britannia Shared World sequence he has contributed Pax Britannia: The Ultimate Secret (2013 ebook), which is set in an Alternate History ...

Galton, Francis

(1822-1911) UK geneticist, eugenicist and author, grandson of Erasmus Darwin, and a speculative thinker from his early years: The Telotype; a Printing Electric Telegraph (1849 chap [dated 1850]) describes the use of typewriters (not yet invented) to convey messages electrically over long distances. He is of course most important in sf terms for coining the word Eugenics, which he defined as "the science of improving stock" in his Inquiries into Human Faculty and its Development (1883). He was ...

VanderMeer, Ann

(1957-    ) US editor, who co-founded The Sterling Web, in 1989, continuing to edit the magazine after its name change to The Silver Web, until it ceased publication in January 2002. She also founded and edited Buzzcity Press, one of whose titles was Dradin, in Love (1996) by Jeff VanderMeer; they married in 2002. She became fiction editor of Weird Tales in 2007, and editor-in-chief 2010-2011, when the journal was purchased by Marvin Kaye; she remained a contributing editor ...


US tv series (1983). 20th century Fox Television/Glen A Larson Productions for NBC-TV US, BBC 1 TV UK (1984). Created by Glen A Larson. Produced by Donald R Boyle and Larson. Directors include Charles Ball, Daniel Haller, and Russ Mayberry. Writers include Michael Beck, Broyle, Sam Egan, and Paul Mason. Special Effects by Stan Winston. Narrator. Cast includes Melody Anderson, William Conrad (narrator), Simon MacCorkindale, Michael D Roberts. One 90-minute pilot film plus eight 45-minute ...

Gilliam, Richard

(?   -    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Caroline and Caleb" in Confederacy of the Dead (anth 1993), which he edited in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer. Many further anthologies followed, mostly with Greenberg and often a third collaborator. Exceptions not involving Greenberg are Michael Moorcock's Elric: Tales of the White Wolf (anth 1994), comprising stories in homage to Michael Moorcock's ...

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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