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Haldeman, Joe

(1943-    ) US author who took a BS in physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam (1968-1969), where he was severely wounded, earning a Purple Heart; later, in 1975, he took an MFA. This range of degrees was an early demonstration of the range of interests that have shaped the Hard SF with which he has sometimes been identified; his experiences in Vietnam have in fact marked everything he has written, including his first book, War Year (1972), a ...

Salterberg, B J

(1934-    ) US author of The Outlander: Captivity (1989), the powerful first volume of a trilogy that seems unlikely now to be completed. In a Ruined Earth environment, a matriarchal society attempts to survive assaults from a nearby patriarchal society based on agonistic martial behaviour. Interestingly, in its treatment of men under their control, the matriarchy mirrors "normal" male prejudices against women. The clear Feminist arguments of the text are placed, therefore, ...

Larkin, Bob

(1949-    ) US artist who from the early 1970s painted many covers for Comics, magazines and paperbacks, the latter including several Marvel Comics paperback collections of graphic material; he has also been credited, perhaps by accident, as Robert Larkin. His characteristic punchy designs with strong colours and bold central figures were well suited to the 1970s/1980s Bantam paperback reissues of the Doc Savage adventures by Kenneth Robeson (ie. Lester Dent and others), and ...

Super Dimensional Fortress Macross

Japanese animated tv series (1982-1983). Original title Chōjikū Yōsai Makurosu. Studio Nue, Tatsunoko Production. Directed by Noboru Ishiguro. Written by Ken'ichi Matsuzaki. Voice cast includes Mika Doi, Michio Hazama, Arihiro Hase and Mari Iijima. 36 25-minute episodes. Colour. / In 1999 a deserted space battleship (see Starship) crashes into the Earth, proof both of intelligent Alien life and a War in space. A united Earth government is formed and ten years later the ...

Chancellor, J W

(1876-1954) US lawyer, inventor and author of Through the Visograph (1928) which, though published by a vanity press, has aroused some mild interest for its use of the eponymous Time Viewer to examine life ten million years ago, an epoch which could boast of two polar satellites and spaceflight. [JC]

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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