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Rositzke, Harry A

(1911-2002) US CIA agent 1947-1970 whose professional focus on the USSR generated (post-retirement) nonfiction studies of interest, including The KGB: The Eyes of Russia (1980). Of sf interest is Left On!: The Glorious Bourgeois Cultural Revolution (1973) which describes guardedly the establishment of a Near Future populist Utopia in America. [JC]

Carpenter, Elmer J

(1907-1988) US author in whose Moonspin (1967) a foreign power gains control of Earth's weather, threatening to freeze the planet (see Climate Change; Weather Control); but a fight-back effort by Scientists on the Moon may save the day. An earlier novel, Nile Fever (1959), is not sf. [JC]

Meyers, Marc André

(1946-    ) Brazilian metallurgist – a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Program, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego – and author, mostly of nonfiction work in his field; of sf interest is Mayan Mars (2005), set mostly in Mexico, where two plot lines converge: a virus imported from Mars creates a Pandemic that threatens to destabilize the world (see Biology; Disaster); and a growing ...

Gravel, Geary

(1951-    ) US author and (since 1978) a Certified Sign Language Interpreter. Most of his later work has been fantasy [see Checklist], though he began publishing work of interest with the sf Autumnworld Mosaic sequence comprising The Alchemists (1984) and The Pathfinders (1986), set in a Galaxy abandoned by superior Aliens after they have passed their technologies on to the human race, which – now that it has benefited from this Uplift – proceeds to conquer the ...

Jacques, Norbert

(1880-1954) Luxembourg-born journalist and author, in Germany from around 1900, a journalist in World War One but not in active service, already controversial for the right-wing views that led to his support of National Socialism, and the ostracism he suffered after World War Two. Of sf interest is the Doktor Mabuse sequence – comprising Doktor Mabuse der Spieler (1920; trans Lilian A Clare as Dr Mabuse, Master of Mystery 1923) and Dr Mabuses letztes Spiel: Roman eines Dämons ["Dr ...

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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