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Davidson, John

(1857-1909) Scottish schoolteacher, poet, playwright and author, best known in the first capacity for his Fleet Street Eclogues (coll 1893 chap); though not specifically fantastic, his intensely urban poetry, much of which focuses on science and technology from an almost mystical point of view, had a shaping influence now forgotten. Some tales, like Perfervid: The Career of Ninian Jamieson (1890), contain unfocused elements of the fantastic, partly through spoof exaggerations of social comedy. ...

Butner, Richard

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Saving the World" (1989 Scream) and whose speculative short fiction has since appeared in such venues as Electric Velocipede, F&SF, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Say ... and Sci Fiction. Horses Blow Up Dog City & Other Stories (coll 2004 chap) assembles two new and three previously published tales; the title story is set in a Near Future dominated by Virtual Reality, a toxic ...

Smith, D R

Working name of Donald Raymond Smith (1917-1999), UK author, editor and fan who along with J Michael Rosenblum was instrumental in maintaining lines of communication within UK Fandom during World War Two, in particular editing the British Fantasy Society Bulletin (1942-1946). He was an often controversial columnist in Britain's first Fanzine, Novae Terrae, from its second issue in April 1936, and published some amateur fiction beginning with "It's a Devil" in The Fantast for September 1939. / ...

Sorcerers, The

Film (1967). Tigon Film Distributors (UK)/Allied Artists Pictures (US). Produced by Patrick Curtis and Tony Tenser. Directed by Michael Reeves. Written by Reeves and Tom Baker from an idea by John Burke (see Jonathan Burke). Cast includes Boris Karloff, Catherine Lacey and Ian Ogilvy. 86 minutes. Colour. / Former medical hypnotist Professor Marcus Monserrat (Karloff), disgraced by an unexplained incident some years before, develops a device which allows mind control of others through a ...

MacDonald, Philip

(1900-1980) UK-born screenwriter and author of detective novels, son of Ronald MacDonald and grandson of George MacDonald, in California from 1931. He was best known for a series of detective novels, most featuring the amateur investigator Anthony Gethryn, beginning with The Rasp (1924) and including the remarkable serial-killer procedurals Murder Gone Mad (1931) and X v. Rex (1933 as by Martin Porlock; vt Mystery of the Dead Police 1933; vt The Mystery of Mr. X 1934); at least four of his ...

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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