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Puzo, Mario

(1920-1999) US author, best known for The Godfather (1969); he is of sf interest for The Fourth K (1990), a Near Future political thriller in which President Francis Xavier Kennedy takes the opportunity of the partial destruction of Manhattan (see New York) by Islamic terrorists to introduce authoritarian measures, ostensibly in order to save America. Puzo also co-wrote the screenplays for Earthquake (1974), Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). [JC]

Donnelly, Ignatius

(1831-1901) US politician – a US Senator for Minnesota between 1863 and 1868 – and author, famous for his study Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882), which was responsible for a considerable resurgence of interest in the legend of Atlantis, and for The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in the So-Called Shakespeare Plays (1888), in which he attempted to prove by cryptographic analysis that Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare's early plays. His most important sf novel was ...

Kastle, Herbert D

(1924-1987) US author best known outside the genre, who began publishing occasional sf stories with "The York Problem" for If in February 1955. He edited the final two issues of Startling Stories (Summer and Fall 1955). His one sf novel, The Reassembled Man (1964; exp vt Edward Berner Is Alive Again! 1975; vt The Three Lives of Edward Berner 1976) depicts without excessive originality the transformation by aliens of a human into a sexually supercharged Superman. [JC]

Day, Bradford M

(1916-2004) US sf collector and book-dealer whose bibliographical work was one of the foundations on which modern sf scholarship has been built (see Bibliographies). A Checklist of Fantastic Magazines Checklist of Science-Fiction Magazines (1952 chap; exp vt The Complete Checklist of Science-Fiction Magazines 1961; further exp vt The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Fantasy Magazines 1892-1992 1994) defines sf widely and lists a number of hero-villain, fantasy and foreign magazines. An Index on ...

Most Dangerous Man Alive, The

Film (1958). Trans-Global/Columbia. Directed by Allan Dwan. Written by James Leicester, Phillip Rock, based on a story by Rock, Michael Pate. Cast includes Anthony Caruso, Debra Paget, Ron Randell and Elaine Stewart. 82 minutes, cut to 76 minutes. Black and white. / In this unusual blend of sf and crime movie, a framed gangster (Randell) escapes from Prison and hides out in the desert, where he is caught up in a nuclear test (see Nuclear Energy). He survives but discovers that he is slowly ...

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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