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Mantegazza, Paolo

(1831-1910) Italian neurologist, physiologist, anthropologist and author whose early advocacy of the theory of Evolution was channelled through a hierarchical understanding of the course of human development and history (see Social Darwinism), a global understanding of the world that shapes the proto-Futurism (see Filippo Tommaso Marinetti) of his enthusiastic Utopia, L'Anno 3000: Sogno (1897; trans by David Jacobson as The Year 3000: A Dream 2010), which nevertheless espouses principles that ...

Morris, Wright

(1910-1998) US photographer and author whose first books were "photo-texts" combining photos and fiction; in his later career he won the National Book Award twice, for The Field of Vision (1956) and Plains Song for Female Voices (1980). Of sf interest is The Fork River Space Project: A Novel (1977), in which something like the Near Future world, in the form of UFOs, interpenetrates a dreamlike past. [JC]

Glen and Randa

Film (1971). UMC. Directed by Jim McBride. Written by Lorenzo Mans, Rudolf Wurlitzer, McBride. Cast includes Woodrow Chambliss, Steven Curry, Garry Goodrow and Shelley Plimpton. 94 minutes. Colour. / The film opens with a shot of a naked man and woman walking hand-in-hand through a dreamlike setting, but it soon becomes clear that this is not the Garden of Eden but a Post-Holocaust USA. The young couple drift through the shattered debris of civilization in a search for the mythical city of ...

Weddle, David

(?   -    ) US journalist, Television producer, screenwriter and author, who has created episodes for Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and The Twilight Zone (2002-2003), among others. He has published relatively little in book form, over and above a Tie to the Star Trek universe: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Section 31: Abyss (2001) with Jeffrey Lang. [JC]

Porter, David Dixon

(1813-1891) US naval officer, the second to be appointed Admiral, a prominent figure in the American Civil War, later superintendent of the Naval Academy at Annapolis; of several novels published late in his life, The Adventures of Harry Marline; Or, Notes from an American Midshipman's Lucky Bag (1885) is a Lost Race tale for boys, involving Monsters of the deep and other strange encounters. [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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