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Bainbridge, William Sims

(1940-    ) US sociologist whose interest in the mapping of sf as a subculture and as a presentation of worldviews has distinguished his career, an early example, published within the frame of Genre SF, being "New Maps of Science Fiction" in Analog Yearbook (anth 1978) edited by Ben Bova; as commonly found in some academic disciplines, the essay was written in collaboration, in this case with Murray M Dalziel. Bainbridge's own studies of sf include The Spaceflight Revolution ...


UK tv series (1961-1962). AP Films/ATV/ITC. From an idea by Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill, produced by Anderson. Directors included David Elliott, Alan Pattillo, Desmond Saunders, Bill Harris. Writers were either Gerry and Sylvia Anderson or Hugh Woodhouse and his brother Martin Woodhouse. Two seasons, 39 25-minute episodes in all. Black and white. / This was the first of Anderson's SuperMarionation sf series for children. Supercar, a marvel of Transportation which can also travel Under the ...

Dorman, Sonya

(1924-2005) US author who sometimes signed herself as Sonya Dorman Hess or Sonya Hess, and who began publishing sf with The Putnam Tradition (January 1963 Amazing; 2008 ebook) establishing a reputation in the field for intensely written, sometimes highly metaphorical stories, the best known of which is "When I Was Miss Dow" (June 1966 Galaxy), which was given a retrospective James Tiptree Jr Award in 1995. She became inactive in the field after about 1980. Her fiction is surprisingly unlike her ...

Renwick, Brett L

(?   -    ) UK author of Wired for Chaos (2005), a late example of Cyberpunk whose noir protagonist, a pro in Virtual Reality contact sports, must go down fully-wired mean streets to discover the criminal who decapitated his girl-friend. [JC]

Golding, Morton J

(1925-2015) US author who also wrote as by Stephanie Lloyd, Jay Martin and Patricia Morton; he is of sf interest for Night Mare (1970), whose scientist protagonist Michael Erasmus, deeply involved in his search for a unified field theory (see Physics), finds himself penetrating what may be an Equipoisal fantasy-inflected Parallel World, where he feels his Identity caving in to the erotic power of young woman who entraps him with Sex and marriage; he later creates a Death Ray by accident for an ...

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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