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Towers, Ivar

A Fictioneers Inc House Name (1940-1942), used once by Harry Dockweiler, C M Kornbluth and Richard Wilson for "Stepsons of Mars" (April 1940 Astonishing Stories) – Kornbluth's first story – and once by Wilson alone for "The Man Without a Planet" (November 1942 Super Science Stories). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Skelton, Robin

(1925-1997) UK-born poet and author, in Canada from 1962, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Angel" in 1984 (magazine not identified). He was extremely prolific both as a poet and academic. Of sf interest is Fire of the Kindred (1987), a Prehistoric SF tale set at time just before the matriarchal world depicted (see Feminism; Women in SF) is about be forcibly supplanted. In his depiction of the earlier culture, Skelton movingly focuses on Linguistics, with women using a ...

Smith, Michael Marshall

(1965-    ) UK author, also raised in South Africa and the USA. He has published sf and horror under his full name, and thrillers as by Michael Marshall [see Checklist below]. He has also worked as a writer for radio and film. His first publication of genre interest was "The Man Who Drew Cats" in Dark Voices 2 (anth 1990) edited by David Sutton and Stephen Jones; it won the British Fantasy Award in 1991. Since then, he has continued to produce stories, mostly in the horror ...

Greene, Kirby

Pseudonym of an unrevealed US author (?   -    ) of whom nothing is known beyond Brotherhood of the Stars (1994), a competent but unchallenging Space Opera with elements of the Planetary Romance. [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 ...

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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