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Hardart, F E

(1913-1992) US teacher, mechanical engineer and author, who published at least one item as Flossie Hardart during her short writing career. Her name has sometimes been given in error as Frank E Hardart. One of a relatively small number of female fans before World War Two (see Fandom; History of SF), she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Devil's Pocket" in Astonishing Stories for June 1940, a Space Opera tale set on a Spaceship whose crew is manipulated by Aliens who inhabit ...

Dane, Clemence

Pseudonym of UK playwright and author Winifred Ashton (1888-1965), best remembered for her many stage plays and for Broome Stages (1931), a tale of the Theatre. Plays of fantasy interest include Adam's Opera: The Text of a Play ... Set to Music by Richard Addinsell (performed 1928; 1928), an expressionistically Equipoisal musical in which the Sleeping Beauty is awoken by a querulously idealistic Adam (see Adam and Eve) into the raucous Media Landscape of contemporary times; and The Saviours ...

Cockburn, Terry

Working name of Terrence Cockburn (?   -    ), South African author currently resident in Botswana, in whose sf novel, The Altoran Creed (1980), a rather unattractively depicted female Utopia which dominates life in a new colony in space is undermined by the revolt of a man with Superpowers. [JC]

Brain Dead

Film (1989). Concorde/New Horizons. Directed Adam Simon. Written by Charles Beaumont. Cast includes Patricia Charbonneau, Bud Cort, George Kennedy, Bill Paxton, Nicholas Pryor and Bill Pullman. 81 minutes. Colour. / A neurosurgeon (Pullman) is asked to examine a genius (Cort) who has gone mad and killed his family. The surgeon soon finds that his own Identity is being alarmingly eaten away, with his friends, colleagues and wife supporting the process, gradually convincing him that he is the ...

Di Filippo, Paul

(1954-    ) US author whose birth and continued residence in Rhode Island places him at the heart of the Boston-Washington megalopolis (see Cities) that has been his typical venue and focus throughout his career, which began with "Falling Expectations" for Unearth in Winter 1977. He has published widely since, with at least 200 stories appearing in a wide range of journals. Beginning with The Steampunk Trilogy: Victoria; Hottentots; Walt and Emily (coll 1995), which remains ...

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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