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Lohrman, Paul

House Name used on the Ziff-Davis magazines by Richard Shaver, Paul W Fairman and perhaps others on seven stories 1950-1953. "The World of the Lost" (March 1950 Fantastic Adventures) has been definitely attributed to Shaver. [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Plater, Alan

(1935-2010) UK Television screenwriter and playwright, extremely prolific from the early 1960s until his death; he is of sf interest for his 1988 television version of Chris Mullin's Near Future A Very British Coup (1982), in which America subverts a left-leaning UK government (see Politics). The novel ends with the morally ambiguous forced resignation of the British prime minister in 1989; Plater's version is significantly altered: after the prime minister refuses to resign, a military coup ...

Tsouras, Peter G

(?   -    ) US soldier, intelligence officer and author of Greek descent, most of whose books are nonfictional or lightly fictionalized Alternate Histories with an emphasis on military matters and featuring clearly articulated Jonbar Points, beginning with Gettysburg: An Alternate History (1997), in which a number of military actions are described as having turned out differently, the speculations in this book being narrowly focused. More adventurous are Dixie ...

Reed, Kit

(1932-2017) US author – her name was legally changed from Lilian Craig Reed – as well known for her work outside sf and fantasy as for her prolific output within the water margins of modern Fantastika. Her fluency among the modes of the modern was remarkable [all her titles are therefore given in the Checklist below]. She wrote one horror novel, Blood Fever (1986), as by Shelley Hyde, and three detections – Gone (1992), Twice Burned (1993) and Strait (1995) – as by Kit ...

Deluge

Film (1933). RKO. Directed by Felix E Feist. Written by John Goodrich, Warren B Duff, based on Deluge (1928) by S Fowler Wright. Cast includes Sidney Blackmer, Peggy Shannon and Lois Wilson. 70 minutes. Black and white. / One of the first Disaster movies, this is an impressive spectacle showing first the destruction of much of California and then of New York by a series of earthquakes and tidal waves, leading to a modestly effective Last Man ordeal for Martin Webster (Blackmer) in ...

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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