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Stang, Rev Ivan

Pseudonym of US film-maker, cultural critic, hoaxer, and author Douglas St Clair Smith (1953-    ), taking the title "Reverend" from the Church of the SubGenius – an elaborately nonsensical spoof Religion he claimed not to have founded by himself. He edited The Book of the SubGenius (anth 1983), a Satire on other religions and cults in the form of densely packed clip art and surreal text relating the teachings of J R "Bob" Dobbs, a former encyclopedia salesman whose ...

Kingsbury, Donald

(1929-    ) US-born academic and author, in Canada from 1948, naturalized in 1955, a teacher of mathematics at McGill University from 1956 until his retirement in 1986. He began publishing sf with "The Ghost Town" for Astounding in June 1952; he produced relatively little for nearly 30 years, though his intermittent appearances in Astounding, with both fiction and nonfiction, were generally noticed. What could not have been noted – because of the sparseness of his ...

Park, Paul

(1954-    ) US author, educated in the land of his birth, peripatetic for most of the 1980s, but resident again in the USA at about the time he began publishing sf with Soldiers of Paradise (1987), the first volume of The Starbridge Chronicles, which continues with Sugar Rain (1989) – assembled with the first volume as The Sugar Festival (omni 1989) – and is completed by The Cult of Loving Kindness (1991). It is the sort of sequence whose composition seems ...

Clair, René

Pseudonym of French filmmaker and author René-Lucien Chomette (1898-1981) whose first feature film, Paris qui Dort (1924), is of sf interest; though many of his subsequent movies, in France, the UK and America, were of fantasy interest, their immersion in the coils of Fantastika defaulted to the unargued and the oneiric. A partial exception is It Happened Tomorrow (1944), based on Lord Dunsany's possibly unperformed Radio play The Jest of Hahalaba (January 1927 Atlantic Monthly; 1928 ...

Fleming, Peter

(1907-1971) UK journalist, author and travel writer, brother of Ian Fleming, known mainly for such travel books as Brazilian Adventure (1933), whose gritty irreverence (both for the place visited and for the visitor) made him famous. In his spoof sf novel, The Flying Visit (1940), Adolf Hitler parachutes into the UK with amusing results (the book was published before Rudolf Hess's actual descent upon Scotland in May 1941). The tale was reprinted, along with a fantasy, "The Man with Two Hands", ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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