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Mauclair, Camille

(1872-1945) French poet, controversialist and author, notable in World War One for deploring German excesses and in World War Two for expressing anti-Semitic views in support of the Nazi occupation of France. Before the turn of the century, he had gained some fame as a Symbolist poet, and critical advocate of literary experimentation short of Modernism; he later attacked most twentieth-century because of its (as he periphrastically put it) Jewish roots. He is of some sf interest for the ...

Harrison, Troon

(1958-    ) Canadian author, initially of picture books for children, more recently of Young Adult novels; she is deft with horses. The Tales of Terre sequence [see Checklist] is fantasy. Of sf interest is Eye of the Wolf (2003), set in a Dystopian North America a century hence as it faces a new Ice Age, the young protagonist, whose mother has been inveigled into the warm South, experiences the evolving world in her quest to find her. [JC]

Gibbs, George

(1870-1942) US author of The Silver Death (1939), a Near Future thriller in which the British and the American secret services combine to steal a German Invention: a super-plane that, left in Nazi hands, threatens to change the course of World War Two. [JC]

Valley of Gwangi, The

Film (1969). Morningside/Warner-Seven Arts. Produced by Charles H Schneer. Directed by James O'Connolly. Written by William E Bast, with additions by Julian More. Dinosaur animation by Ray Harryhausen. Cast includes Richard Carlson, James Franciscus, Gila Golan and Laurence Naismith. 95 minutes. Colour. / Cowboys discover a hidden valley in Mexico where surviving Dinosaurs still live. They capture Gwangi, an allosaur, roping it like a steer, and take it back to civilization to put it on ...

Elliott, William J

(1886-circa 1947) UK author moderately active between the Wars as an author of magazine stories under various names, including W E, W J E, E L Lowitt and L T J Wilte; his two novels of some sf interest are The Silver Panther (1931) and To-Morrow's Spectacles: A Romance (1946), which involves a Time Viewer. [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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