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Brummels, J V

(1951-    ) US poet, rancher and author of some fiction, with Wayne State College since 1977, where he is Poet-in-Residence; his sf novel, Deus ex Machina (1989), is a complexly literate rendering in Cyberpunk-influenced terms of an urban USA facing the death of the Sun. There is a choice, for some, of escaping into space; but it is an option Brummels offers without any exuberance. [JC]

Marfax, Clyde

Author (?   -    ), perhaps pseudonymous, of whom nothing is known beyond the appearance of this byline on the unremarkable Planets of Peril (1954 chap), #4 in the shortlived Fantastic Science Thriller pocketbook series. Marfax has sometimes been identified as a pseudonym of the woman who wrote as Erroll Collins, but stylistic evidence suggests otherwise. [DRL/SH]

Hyams, Peter

(1943-    ) US cinema director, producer and cinematographer, formerly a jazz drummer and television news anchorman; his first directed film of genre interest was Capricorn One (1977), which he also wrote: an exercise in Paranoia in which, with the unwise cooperation of NASA, a Mars mission is faked (Hyams is fond of government-based conspiracies). The next and perhaps his best is the "High Noon in space" adventure Outland (1981), set on Jupiter's moon Io. This was however ...

Latham, Rob

(1959-    ) US critic and editor, best known for his criticism of the New Wave and for his work as an editor for the journal Science Fiction Studies. / Hoping to become a professional science fiction writer, Latham attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at Michigan State University in 1985. During the summer of 1986, Latham, who was already a fan, took a science fiction class from Robert A Collins at Florida Atlantic University and Collins soon recruited ...

Carpozi, George, Jr

(1920-2000) US journalist, author of more than 80 books of show-business biography and other nonfiction. His sf venture is Sunstrike (1978), in which a disturbance to the Sun generates a Disaster on Earth. [JC]

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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