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Aycock, Dale

(1935-    ) US teacher and author whose first two sf novels – Stardrifter (1981) and Starspinner (1981) – are enjoyable Space Opera adventures, complete with Starship pilots, Villains, and a "forbidden star system" or two. After a long silence between 1981 and 2007, she continued the Starspinner sequence with Starspinner II – Last Man Standing (2007), adding the further volume Dark Minds (2016) almost a decade later. Further standalone novels have also ...

Morgan, Helene

(?   -    ) US author, possibly pseudonymous, of the erotic sf novel (see Sex), Seed of the Beast (1965). [JC]


Original paperback anthology series edited by Robert Hoskins, published by Lancer Books, and presented as a lineal descendant of the magazine Infinity Science Fiction (1955-1958), whose editor, Larry T Shaw, was also connected with Lancer; the covers bore the slogan "New Writings in Speculative Fiction". Infinity was a competent but not outstanding series. Regular contributors included Poul Anderson, Barry N Malzberg and Robert Silverberg; Alan Brennert and George Zebrowski made their debuts in ...

Cook, Kenneth

(1929-1987) Australian author of Play Little Victims (1978 chap), a Satire depicting a world inherited by rational mice after 2000, who attempt to control mouse Overpopulation by literally applying texts left by an extinct humanity, on the apprehension that all human activities – including War, famine, genocide and the automobile – were introduced in order to reduce human population. The tale hovers (see Equipoise) between sf and fantasy. [JC]

Race to Witch Mountain

Film (2009). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents in association with Gunn Films. Directed by Andy Fickman. Written by Mark Bomback and Matt Lopez, based on previous Disney adaptations of the novel Escape to Witch Mountain (1968) by Alexander Key. Cast includes Ike Eisenmann, Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, Dwayne Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, Kim Richards, AnnaSophia Robb and Tom Woodruff Jr. 94 minutes. Colour. / A Las Vegas cab driver helps two Aliens forestall the ...

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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