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Colón, Suzan

(?   -    ) US author of a series of Ties novelizing the television series Smallville (2001-2011) about the childhood of Superman, beginning with Smallville: Buried Secrets (2003), and of the Batman spinoff Catwoman: The Life and Times of a Feline Fatale (2003). [JC]

Montana, Ron

(1938-    ) US author whose published work in Fanzines included "We the People" in 1974 for Craig Strete's Red Planet Earth. His first sf novel, The Sign of the Thunderbird (1977), conveys its Post-Holocaust protagonists to the New Mexico of 1860, where their actions in espousing a free Indian Nation generate an Alternate-History vision of the USA. His second, The Cathedral Option (1978), a Near Future political thriller, is of less interest. Montana's engagement with Native ...

Spencer, Leonard G

Ziff-Davis House Name used at least twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, for the stories "The Beast With 7 Tails" (August 1956 Amazing) and "The Girl from Bodies, Inc." (October 1956 Fantastic). A third Spencer story, "The Man with the X-Ray Eyes" (February 1957 Dream World), is identified by the Internet SF Database as being by the same collaborators but unlike the first two is not listed in Silverberg's bibliography at [DRL/PN]

McBain, Gordon

(1946-1992) US teacher and author who, in his brief sf career, wrote the moderately appealing but unremarkable Exoterra Young Adult sf series, The Path of Exoterra (1981) and Quest of the Dawnstar (1984), featuring in a Planetary Romance venue but expanding into fairly wide-flung Space Opera adventures. [JC]

Wasp Woman, The

Film (1959). Filmgroup/Allied Artists. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Leo Gordon, based on a story by Kinta Zertuche. Cast includes Susan Cabot and Michael Mark. 73 minutes. Black and white. / One of Roger Corman's more routine efforts, this may have been rushed out to capitalize on the publicity received by The Fly (1958). Cabot plays well the ageing cosmetics executive who, in a successful attempt at Rejuvenation, takes a form of royal jelly (from wasps not bees) (see ...

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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