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Jahn, Mike

Working name of US journalist and author Joseph Michael Jahn (1943-    ), who also writes as Michael Jahn, and most of whose work of sf interest was in Ties for the television series The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women, and War (1975), The Rescue of Athena One (1975), The Secret of Bigfoot Pass (1976) and International Incidents (1977). ...

Taylor, Charles Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of By Wireless from Venus (1922), a lightly fictionalized report, conveyed by radio Communications from Venus, describing life in the solar system. Some civilizations are advanced Utopias but others are not. [JC]

Orwell, George

Pseudonym of Indian-born UK author Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), briefly but intensely in the early 1940s the partner of Inez Holden; much of his best work was contained in his impassioned journalism and essays, assembled in the four volumes of The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell (each coll 1968). His fiction and extended social criticism, as in Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), also demonstrates his ...

I Come in Peace

Film (1989; vt Dark Angel US). Vision. Directed by Craig R Baxley. Written by Jonathan Tydor and Leonard Maas Jr. Cast includes Brian Benben, Matthias Hues and Dolph Lundgren. 91 minutes. Colour. / Good cop (Lundgren) and silly FBI man (Benben) go up against Alien Drug dealer in Houston, with brief assistance from alien cop. I Come In Peace is rather like a downmarket Alien Nation ...

Cavendish, Margaret

(1623/1624-1673) UK playwright, poet and author, much of whose life shared the turbulence of her times, who died as Duchess of Newcastle upon Tyne. At a time when books by women were mostly pseudonymous or appeared in pirated editions, she was one of the first British women to write and publish professionally under her own name. / Born Margaret Lucas, the youngest child of Royalist and Catholic landholders, she received no formal education but was a lady-in-waiting to Charles I's Queen, ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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