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Allbeury, Ted

Working name of UK crime/spy-fiction author Theodore Edward le Bouthillier Allbeury (1917-2005), much of whose fiction takes its authentic tone from the fact that he was in the British secret service during World War Two; he also wrote as Richard Butler and as Patrick Kelly. Some of his spy thrillers edge into Near Future venues, though his only sf novel proper is All Our Tomorrows (1982), which depicts a UK occupied by Russia after it has declined into left-wing chaos, a decline depicted with ...


Role Playing Game (2015). Wordplay Games. Written by Paul Mitchener, based on the Wordplay game system by Graham Spearing. / Small Press Horror in SF roleplaying game that mines the transition of the gritty, pessimistic tenor (see Optimism and Pessimism) of the UK-specific Scientific Romance to the mainstream of Television and Cinema in the wake of World War Two. / Giant, beetle-like Aliens dubbed "Scarabs" destroy earth's twelve most populous Cities in the autumn of 1951, fortifying ...

Austin, F Britten

(1885-1941) UK author and World War One army captain, most noted for his collections of stories illustrating problems for UK military security arising in Future Wars from new Weapons and tactics: In Action: Studies of War (coll 1913), Battlewrack (coll 1917), and The War-God Walks Again (coll 1926; cut 1926). The latter volume is occasionally eloquent; whether "When the War-God Walks Again" (October 1927 Chums) directly duplicates material from the book itself has not been established. "By the ...

Bunch, Chris

(1943-2005) US screenwriter and author, in the latter capacity almost exclusively of series; his first two series – the Sten sequence of Military SF adventures beginning with Sten (1982) and ending with Empire's End (1993), and the Anteros fantasy sequence – were both written with Allan Cole. The first of these at least is thought mainly to express Cole's way with things, though they were full partners (writing at least 100 television scripts together) until their acrimonious split ...

Canavan, Gerry

(?   -    ) US academic whose doctorate in literature is from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Assistant Professor of 20th and 21st Century Literature at Marquette University, Milwaukee,Wisconsin, since 2012. He began to publish criticism of genre interest with "'We Are the Walking Dead': Race, Time, and Survival in Zombie Narrative" (Fall 2010, Extrapolation). With Kim Stanley Robinson he co-edited the Ecology-related symposium Green Planets: Ecology ...

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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