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Ruggero, Ed

(1956-    ) US soldier and author, usually of nonfantastic military fiction, though his first novel, 38 North Yankee (1990), is a very Near Future tale in which North Korea once again invades South Korea. [JC]

Gutman, Dan

(1955-    ) US author, almost exclusively of fiction for younger children and the Young Adult market. The long My Weird School series of picture books frequently verges on the fantastic [it is not listed below]. He is of some sf interest for the Baseball Card Adventures series, beginning with Honus & Me (1997), whose young protagonist finds that his Baseball cards work as Time Machines to transport him back to when baseball players featured on those cards were active; ...

My Living Doll

US tv series (1964-1965). CBS TV. Created by Jack Chertok, also executive producer, Bill Kelsay and Al Martin. Produced by Howard Leeds; scripted by Kelsay, Martin and others. Cast includes Bob Cummings (episodes 1-21 only) and Julie Newmar. One season of 26 episodes, 25 minutes per episode. Black and white. / After his success with My Favorite Martian (1963-1966), Chertok came up with another sf comedy series. Centred on psychiatrist Dr Bob McDonald (Cummings), it concerned the female ...

Forbidden World

Film (1982; vt Mutant). New World. Directed by Allan Holzman. Written by Tim Curnen. Cast includes June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Dawn Dunlap, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver and Jesse Vint. 86 minutes. Colour. / This cheap imitation of Alien (1979), from Roger Corman's New World exploitation factory, is distinguished by its gleefully sleazy nature and amusing cynicism. An outer-space troubleshooter (Vint) is awakened from cryo-sleep (see Cryonics), casually informed that he is now younger than ...

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize for Literature, chosen annually by the Swedish Academy – with occasional no-award years during World War One and World War Two – is not of course a genre Award. Below are listed the Nobel laureates in this category who have written sf or near-sf to the extent that they receive entries in the present encyclopedia. In addition to the honour, laureates receive a cash prize currently set at eight million Swedish kronor, roughly £730,000 or $900,000 in 2017. 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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