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Culbreath, Myrna

(1938-    ) US author known almost exclusively for her collaborations with Sondra Marshak as a producer of Ties for Star Trek, beginning with Star Trek: The New Voyages (coll 1976) and its direct sequel Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 (anth 1978); with Marshak she also wrote Shatner: Where No Man ...: The Authorized Biography of William Shatner (1979) with William Shatner. [JC]

Engdahl, Sylvia Louise

(1933-    ) US author, employed in the field of computer programming 1957-1967. Her novels, though marketed as juveniles, appeal as well to adults for their intelligence and humanity. The Elena sequence – comprising Enchantress from the Stars (1970) and The Far Side of Evil (1971) – is perhaps her best-known work. The first describes, with suggestive analogues between traditional and technological versions of crucial events (to a savage, all technology is Magic), ...

Pemberton, Victor

(1931-2017) UK actor, screenwriter, script editor and author of two Ties for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: Fury from the Deep (1986) and Doctor Who: The Pescatons (1991). The first of these was based on his own script for the Who storyline "Fury from the Deep" (16 March 1968-20 April 1968), which introduced the Doctor's all-purpose McGuffin or deus ex machina the sonic screwdriver. Other genre Television script credits included Ace of Wands (1970-1972) and Timeslip (1970-1971). ...

Schorer, Mark

(1908-1977) US author and academic, little associated with the literatures of the fantastic except for some stories with August Derleth, with whom he shared a birth city as well as attendance at the University of Wisconsin, where they wrote sf like "Riders in the Sky" (May 1928 Weird Tales), about Moon dwellers who come down to Earth to eat folk. Some of their later work was assembled as Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People (coll 1966) with August Derleth. [JC]

Storr, Catherine

(1913-2001) UK doctor and author, for many years a psychotherapist, after 1963 a prolific author of journalism, children's books – most famously Marianne Dreams (1958; vt The Magic Drawing Pencil 1960), in which physical and mental malaises are incarnated in a fantasy world – and an sf novel, Unnatural Fathers (1976), in which the success of an experiment to make men capable of child-bearing causes great upheavals in a Near-Future UK. [JC/BS]

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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