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Sweterlitsch, Tom

(?   -    ) US author who also signs his name Thomas Sweterlitsch; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Disposable Man" in Something Wicked SF and Horror Magazine for February 2012, a Satire on post 9/11 American Politics. Tomorrow and Tomorrow (2015) is set mostly in a Virtual Reality Keep embedded in the Near Future ruins of Pittsburgh, which has been destroyed by an unknown Disaster; the tale focuses on its protagonist's noirish search to ...

Reluctant Astronaut, The

Film (1967). Universal Pictures. Directed by Edward Montagne. Written by James Fritzell and Everett Greenbaum. Cast includes Joan Freeman, Don Knotts, Leslie Nielsen, Arthur O'Connell and Jesse White. 102 minutes. Colour. / Goaded by his overbearing father Buck Fleming (O'Connell), who wants his son to carry on the proud tradition of his own heroics in World War II, timid Roy Fleming (Knotts) reluctantly applies to become an astronaut, even though he is so fearful of heights that he ...

Walters, Hugh

Pseudonym of UK businessman and author Walter Llewellyn Hughes (1910-1993) for his fiction, all Children's SF, and all restricted for many years to his Chris Godfrey/U N Exploration Agency sequence of interplanetary adventures, beginning with Blast Off at Woomera (1957; rev vt Blast Off at 0300 1958) and ending some twenty volumes later with P-K (1986). Chris Godfrey starts as a boy, but grows up and advances through the ranks of the United Nations Exploration Agency, the "organization ...

Adolph, Mrs Anna

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf novel, Arqtiq: A Study of Marvels at the North Pole (1899 chap), whose female protagonist flies to the North Pole in an Airship of her Invention; there she and her husband find and describe a surface Utopia known as Arq, and subsequently descend into a Hollow Earth after the fashion of John Cleves Symmes, discovering there that this inner world (and presumably our own above it) is in fact a vast Machine. The tale far precedes – ...

Neville, Derek

(1911-1976) UK author of Bright Morrow (1947), a Near Future tale in which Cold-War-like conflicts gradually give way to a Utopian world. [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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