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Webster, Bud

Working name of Clarence Howard Webster (1952-2016), US author, editor, critic and poet who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Rabbi's Tale" in Drums Around the Fire (anth 1993) edited by Bill Bridges. His best-known fiction is perhaps the Bubba Pritchert series opening with "Bubba Pritchert and the Space Aliens" (July 1994 Analog), with further titles also appearing in Analog. His first critical collection Anthopology 101: Reflections, Inspections and Dissections of SF ...

One Million B.C.

Film (1940; vt Man and His Mate). Hal Roach/United Artists. Directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr. Written by Mickell Novak, George Baker, Joseph Frickert, based on a story by Eugene Roche. Cast includes Lon Chaney Jr, Carole Landis and Victor Mature. 85 minutes, cut to 80 minutes. Black and white. / In this not very distinguished Prehistoric SF Romeo-and-Juliet soap opera a young caveman is exiled from the family cave and meets a girl from a rival tribe; together they face various ...


US tv series (1983). 20th century Fox Television/Glen A Larson Productions for NBC-TV US, BBC 1 TV UK (1984). Created by Glen A Larson. Produced by Donald R Boyle and Larson. Directors include Charles Ball, Daniel Haller, and Russ Mayberry. Writers include Michael Beck, Broyle, Sam Egan, and Paul Mason. Special Effects by Stan Winston. Narrator. Cast includes Melody Anderson, William Conrad (narrator), Simon MacCorkindale, Michael D Roberts. One 90-minute pilot film plus eight 45-minute ...

Winter, Mrs Elizabeth C

(1841-1922) Scottish-born poet and author, in USA most of her life, who also wrote as by Isabella Castelar; of some sf interest is The Spanish Treasure (24 September 1892-?? The New York Ledger as by Isabella Castelar; 1893) [see Checklist for further details], a Lost Race tale et in South America, with abductions and romance in the foreground. Winter is credited with the first use in this novel of the phrase "to turn the air blue". [JC]

White, Ted

Working name of US editor and author Theodore Edwin White (1938-    ) who became – after working as assistant editor for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1963-1968 – the sometimes controversial editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic 1969-1978; he noticeably improved the magazines, buying original stories and emphasizing matters relating to sf Fandom. He later edited Heavy Metal 1979-1980 and Stardate 1985-1986 (with David Bischoff). White is known, ...

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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