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Lighthall, W D

(1857-1954) Canadian politician, lawyer and author, of whose several novels The Master of Life: A Romance of the Five Nations and of Prehistoric Montreal (1908) is of some sf interest for its argument that the historical sixteenth-century (or earlier) creation of the Five Nations – a grouping of Native American cultures, also known as the Iroquois League – was inspired by an earlier nation-forming culture now so obscure that it constitutes a Lost Race. [JC]

Berryman, John

(1916-1988) US author and economist who was chief executive officer of a hardware wholesale company; author of some two dozen stories, beginning with "Special Flight" for Astounding in May 1939 and ending with "The Big Dish" (November 1986 Analog). His most anthologized story is "BEROM" (January 1951 Astounding), in which initially incomprehensible visiting Aliens prove to be speaking in a UK commercial telegraph code of the 1920s that they picked up via radio (see Linguistics). "The Trouble ...

Rutherford, Mike

(1950-    ) UK musician, best known as guitarist of the group Genesis. His first solo album, Smallcreep's Day (1980) is a concept album based on Peter Currell Brown's 1965 sf novel of the same title: the protagonist, a bored factory worker, leaves his post to explore the factory – a site so large it contains other worlds – and returns a changed man. A number of albums followed, either as by "Mike Rutherford" or as by "Mike and the Mechanics", to some commercial ...

Death Race

Film (2008). Universal Pictures presents in association with Relativity Media an Impact Pictures-Cruise/Wagner production in association with Roger Corman. Directed by Paul W S Anderson. Written by Paul W S Anderson from the screenplay for Death Race 2000 (1975) by Charles Griffith and Robert Thom, itself adapted from Ib Melchior's short story "The Racer" (October 1956 Escapade). Cast includes Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Martinez, Ian McShane and Jason Statham. 110 minutes. Colour. / ...

Mårtensson, Bertil

(1945-2018) Swedish philosopher and author. Mårtensson began reading sf in the mid-1950s, became active in Swedish sf Fandom in 1962 and published his first professional story: "Urhemmet" ["Original Home"] in the sf magazine Häpna! for December 1963. An extremely active fan, he edited numerous Fanzines during the 1960s and again in the 1990s, contributed stories, poetry, criticism and essays to many others, and was a dominant force for twenty years. As a philosopher, he wrote a ...

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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