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Blaine, John

Pseudonym of US author Harold Leland Goodwin (1914-1990) who specialized in sf-adventure novels for teenage readers. His books tended to emphasize the nuts and bolts of science and technology, and were more carefully written than most series books for teens. As Blake Savage he also wrote an sf novel for teens, Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet (1952; vt Assignment in Space with Rip Foster 1958; vt Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet 1969). The protagonist is a newly graduated lieutenant ...

Sussmann, Susana

(1972-    ) Venezuelan physicist, metrologist, quality auditor, editor and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories, her first genre publication being "La esperanza es lo último que se pierde" ["Hope is the Last Thing to Go"] (in Visiones 2000, anth 2000). She is best known as editor of the international Webzine Crónicas de la Forja (launched in 2006), webmaster of the website FORJADORES.NET and owner of the online writing workshop Los ...

Carpenter, Scott

(1925-2013) US astronaut, second American to orbit the Earth, US Navy aquanaut, and author of several nonfiction books. His Technothriller, The Steel Albatross (1991), features a very Near Future conflict Under the Sea between America and the Soviets (thus very near future indeed), involving Weapons capable of devastating the planet; the titular US super-stealth submarine plays a central role, and reappears in the follow-up adventure Deep Flight (1994). [JC/DRL]


Film (2012). Lionsgate and Reliance Entertainment in association with IM Global present a DNA Films production. Directed by Pete Travis. Written by Alex Garland, based on the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Cast includes Domhnall Gleeson, Wood Harris, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban. 95 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / In Mega-City One psychic Judge candidate Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) is assigned to Judge Dredd (Urban) for evaluation in ...

Cohen, Douglas

(?   -    ) US editor, editorial consultant and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Feelings of the Flesh" for Interzone in September/October 2007. From 2005 he occupied various editorial positions at Realms of Fantasy, his final role being that of principal editor from November 2009 until the magazine ceased in October 2011; he wrote about this experience in Realms of Fantasy: A Retrospective (2015). He is the collaborative editor of the ...

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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