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Mills, Robert E

(1938-    ) US author, mostly of Westerns, who began writing sf with the Fellowship of Light Space Opera sequence, comprising Star Quest (1978), Star Fighters (1978) and Star Force (1978), in which the Fellowship of Light (which is good) saves the galaxy from the Death Legion (which is not). Under the Eye of Night (1980) is a novel of the occult. [JC]

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Animated film (2001). Walt Disney Animation Studios (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Written by Tab Murphy and David Reynolds based on a story by Murphy, Trousdale, Wise, Bryce Zabel and Jackie Zabel. Cast includes Michael J Fox and Cree Summer. 96 minutes. Colour. / It took 64 years and 41 films for Disney to produce their first arguably Genre SF film. Was it worth the wait? Although unlikely to be taken to people's hearts in the same way as the ...

Mason, Grace Sartwell

(1876-1966) US author, actively prolific as a short story writer for many years; of her novels, The Bear's Claws (1913) with John Northern Hilliard is of sf interest as a Lost World tale set in Persia, where an ancient City is discovered; the otherness of this city is muted by its discoverers' calling it Persepolis, a genuine ancient city whose location has been known for thousands of years. [JC]

McQuinn, Donald E

(1930-    ) US soldier and author whose first sf novel (his fifth overall), Warrior (1990), packs into its setting – a Ruined Earth America 500 years after the nation's nuclear destruction – almost every Cliché available to writers of barbarian-warrior novels: a variety of agon-based tribal societies; a woman-run church; a batch of twenty-first-century warriors freshly resurrected from Cryonic slumber and ready for a fight; an evil monarch bent on ...

Coffin, Bill

(1970-    ) US author of two Young Adult novels: Overmind (1995), set some time into the future, in which a gladiator escapes his fate and tries to contact God (see Religion; Transcendence); and Prime Mover (1996), a Space Opera involving human-settled planets, war, and interfering Aliens. [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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