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Becker, Kurt

(1916-2010) US priest born in Venezuela with a German father; in the USA from 1924, applied for naturalization in 1946. His sf novel is the a Young Adult Countdown! (1958), whose protagonist worries whether or not he'll make the Mars flight; he does. [JC/SH]

Egan, Kevin

(1952-    ) US author who has also written as by K J Egan and as Conor Daly, most of his work being nonfantastic. His first novel, however, The Perseus Breed (1988), is an sf tale. The disappearance of women in New York every thirty years is investigated by a professor of Psychology, who discovers that for complex reasons planet Earth has become a nursery for a Pariah Elite of resident Aliens, who regularly harvest their victims. [JC]

On the Beach

1. BBC Radio dramatization by Mike Walker in the Classic Serial anthology programme, as On the Beach (1957). / 2. Film (1959). Lomitas Productions/United Artists. Directed by Stanley Kramer. Written by John Paxton, based on On the Beach (1957) by Nevil Shute. Cast includes Fred Astaire, Guy Doleman, Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck and Anthony Perkins. 134 minutes. Black and white. / 1964, the Near Future: only Australia has survived a global nuclear World War Three. This merely prolongs the ...

Clothier, Bob

(1921-1999) Canadian artist who, after serving in World War Two, graduated in architecture from the University of British Columbia and then lived in the UK for some years. While there he did ten covers for New Worlds and several for Nebula Science Fiction, plus copious interior work for both of these magazines and for Science Fantasy; his Illustration career spanned approximately the period 1949-1954, although he remained a keen amateur painter and sculptor for the rest of his life, which was ...


UK pop-rock group, founded originally by singer Peter Gabriel, keyboard player Tony Banks, guitarist Anthony Phillips (1951-    ) and bassist Mike Rutherford. Drummer Phil Collins (1951-    ) joined the band for their third album and later became its front-man. Their first LP, From Genesis to Revelation (1969) is negligible, despite some sf touches. More significant was the band's first major-label release, Trespass (1970), a prog-rock album of six ...

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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