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Adams, Brock

(1982-    ) US teacher and author, active from around 2005; his first book, Gulf (coll 2010), earlier made available as his 2008 MFA thesis for the University of Central Florida, does not focus on the fantastic, except as a kind of mood music evoked by the Gulf of Mexico. In his first novel, Ember (2017), the first signs that the Sun is dying spur a futile attempt on the part of the nations of the world to goose it back into normalcy by dosing it with nuclear Weapons. The ...

Carolina Cannonball

Film (1955). Republic Pictures. Associate Producer: Sidney Picker. Directed by Charles Lamont. Written by Barry Shipman from a story by Frank Gill Jr. Cast includes Leon Askin, Judy Canova, Andy Clyde, Ross Elliott, Jack Kruschen and Sig Ruman. 73 minutes. Black and white. / In the ghost town of Roaring Gulch, Nevada, Judy (herself) and her grandfather Rutherford Canova (Clyde) are the only remaining residents. Nevertheless they maintain the Carolina Cannonball, a trolley train, in part ...

Tabori, Paul

Working (and later legal) name of Hungarian journalist, screenwriter, translator, broadcaster, literary agent and author Pál Tábori (1908-1974), brother of George Tabori, active in Hungary from as early as 1925 with A sárga selyem Turbán ["The Yellow Silk Turban"], a translation of an unidentified Jack London story. His early fiction, beginning with Új-Buda ["New Buda"] (1927 Berlin), seems exclusively non-fantastic, most of it comprising Young Adult tales ...

McCoy, Nathaniel P

Pseudonym of UK art publisher and author George Grandison Millar (circa 1860-1913), whose The Gold Makers (1911) is a thriller involving the Transmutation of metals. In real life Millar was a shareholder of the Scottish metallurgical company Kosmoid Ltd [see links below], established in 1904, which planned to produce mercury and perhaps gold by transmutation of lead; The Gold Makers is seemingly a roman à clef transplantation of Kosmoid's tangled affairs from Scotland to Boston, ...

Tucker, Wilson

(1914-2006) US author, orphaned, brought up in Bloomington and Normal, Illinois, where he set some of his fiction, some early stories being signed Bob Tucker. For several decades he worked as a film projectionist, retiring in 1972, and he always spoke of his writing – more than twenty books, half of them sf, half of them mysteries – as an avocation. Tucker began his involvement with sf about 1932, and during the 1930s was exceedingly active as a fan and Fanzine publisher, starting ...

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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