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Clee, Mona A

(1952-    ) US author who began writing work of genre interest with "Encounter on the Ladder" in Universe 15 (anth 1986) edited by Terry Carr, and who, after a gap, turned to longer forms after publishing five further stories. Branch Point (1995) is an Alternate History for the Young Adult market, in which a group of young protagonists use Time Travel to keep the Bay of Pigs incident in 1962 from turning into a Holocaust; Overshoot (1998) less hopefully describes a Near ...

Morton, A S

(1862-1900) US poet and author of a Lost Race novel, Beyond the Palæocrystic Sea: Or, the Legend of Halfjord (1895), set in the permanent (ie palaeocrystic) ice around the North Pole, where an extremely non-monogamous Norse culture seems to thrive, though hints of a Hollow Earth are never fulfilled, and they must hunt to eat. Much of the book is devoted to a potted historical romance about ninth-century Norway. [JC]

Strange New World

Made-for-tv film (1975). Warner Bros. TV/ABC. Directed by Robert Butler. Written by Walon Green, Ronald F Graham, Al Ramrus. Cast includes Martine Beswick, Keene Curtis, Gerrit Graham, Kathleen Miller, James Olson and John Saxon. 100 minutes. Colour. / The 1970s are littered with television movies representing Gene Roddenberry's repeated attempts at pilot episodes for new television series, though in this case he is not credited. This editing together of two never-aired episodes is a sort ...

Barnwell, William

(1943-    ) US author whose most interesting foray into the sf/fantasy genre was his well-written Blessing Trilogy, consisting of The Blessing Papers (1980), Imram (1981) and The Sigma Curve (1981). Set in Eire (here called Imram), this complex quest through a Ruined-Earth world, where some sort of grand design by mysterious powers is operating, at first appears lively but conventional Science Fantasy. In fact, the intellectual structure of the work is both demanding and ...

Baxter, John

(1939-    ) Australian author, who has also lived and worked in the UK and USA. He began publishing sf with "Vendetta's End" for Science Fiction Adventures (UK) #29 in November 1962, and for the next four years appeared primarily in New Worlds; he wrote some stories with Ron Smith (1936-1987) under the joint pseudonym Martin Loran (Loran being Smith's middle name). His sf novel, The Off-Worlders (June-July 1966 New Worlds as "The God Killers"; 1966 dos US; vt The God Killers ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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