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Kayser, Martha

(1871-?   ) US author whose Utopia, The Aerial Flight to the Realm of Peace (1922), features a form of Space Flight (see also Balloons) to a planet much like Earth except that everyone is united in a kind of conflict-free family inspired by conflict-free worship in a single Supreme Being. Faith (1931; rev vt Heaven Is Here 1938 as M C Kayser) as Martha Cabanné Kayser promulgates a similar outcome, but without the trappings. Kayser seems to have adapted Faith at least twice ...

Road, The

Film (2009). Dimension Films and 2929 Productions present a Nick Wechsler/Chockstone Pictures production. Directed by John Hillcoat. Written by Joe Penhall, based on The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy. Cast includes Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen, Guy Pearce, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron and Michael K Williams. 111 minutes. Colour. / A father and son struggle to survive in a Near Future blighted by worldwide Ecological collapse. / McCarthy's narrative is faithfully reproduced in ...

Caveney, Philip

(1951-    ) UK advertising copywriter and author, primarily of horror and Young Adult fantasy, beginning with his first novel, The Sins of Rachel Ellis (1978), a Timeslip tale. Two of his series are fantasy: the Sebastian Darke sequence beginning with Sebastian Darke: Prince of Fools (2007), whose protagonist is a half-elf jester; and the Alec Devlin sequence beginning with The Eye of the Serpent (2008). The Movie Maniacs sequence beginning with Night on Terror Island (2011) ...

Allston, Aaron

(1960-2014) US author and Role Playing Game designer who published many nonfiction pieces in this area, was editor of Space Gamer magazine 1982-1983, and co-designed the games Justice, Inc (1984) and The Savage Empire (1990) (see Worlds of Ultima). Several though not all of his novels are tied to the Star Wars universe [see Checklist below]; his first novel, Web of Danger (1988 dos), ties sf tropes into an espionage thriller frame; other tales of interest include Double Jeopardy (1994), an sf ...

Mars, Alastair

(1915-1985) Canadian-born soldier and author, in the UK from infancy, in the Navy from 1932; he became well known for the 1952 court martial that ended his military career (in the midst of a dispute regarding his penury at naval rates of pay, he had refused to report for duty); his last rank was lieutenant commander. After 1952, he published several novels that drew on his intimate knowledge of submarines at war Under the Sea (he had been commander of H M S Thule 1943-1945), including two sf ...

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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