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O'Riordan, Robert

(1943-    ) Canadian teacher and author whose Cadre sequence of Space Operas comprising Cadre One (1985), Cadre Lucifer (1987) and Cadre Messiah (1988) follows the career of orphaned space cadet Pol Tryees into adventurous adulthood across the Galactic Empire, which he comes to understand and perhaps to rule. [JC]

Raleigh, Cecil

Pseudonym of UK actor and playwright Cecil Rowlands (1856-1914), author of an sf novel, The Master Crime (1907) with Joseph Lyons, a Near Future tale involving an anarchist destabilization of Britain, causing the Bank of England to close its doors (see Money); the more melodramatic elements of the tale may fairly be ascribed to Raleigh, as his theatrical works were well-known for their exaggerated effects. [JC]

Wentworth, K D

(1951-2012) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Daddy's Girls" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume V (anth 1989) edited by A J Budrys; for several years before her death after a long illness that affected her writing career, Wentworth herself edited this Original Anthology series, beginning with L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXV: The Year's Twelve Best Tales from the Writers of the Future International Writers' ...

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Film (1987). Cannon. Directed by Sidney J Furie. Written by Lawrence Kohner, Mark Rosenthal, based on a story by Reeve, Kohner. Cast includes Gene Hackman, Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve. 93 minutes. Colour. / Superman's death knell, at the box office anyway, was tolled by Cannon's attempt to get more mileage from his exploits after he had been jettisoned by Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Reeve agreed to play the part again only in exchange for co-authoring the original ...

McCarthy, T C

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Best Liar Ever" for Bards and Sages Quarterly in July 2010. Germline (2011), which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award, is the first volume of The Subterrene War, Near Future Military SF sequence featuring an unending War fought – in a world of Climate Change, depleted resources, and Ecological degradation – over the diminishing world supply of natural ...

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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