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Haldane, J B S

(1892-1964) UK biologist and author, brother of Naomi Mitchison, married to Charlotte Haldane (1926-1945); in active service in World War One, beginning 1914; an Indian citizen from 1961. His work in population genetics, and his sophistications of the theory of Evolution to properly incorporate Mendelian genetics, were of contemporary significance (see Biology). He wrote relatively little fiction. My Friend Mr Leakey (coll of linked stories 1937) is a book of light-hearted fantasies for ...

Schweigende Stern, Der

["The Silent Star"] Film (1960; vt Raumschiff Venus Antwortet Nicht; The Silent Star; First Spaceship on Venus, 1962 US; Planet of the Dead; The Astronauts; The Silent Star, 2004; Spaceship Venus Does Not Reply). Deutsche Film. Directed by Kurt Maetzig. Written by Jan Fethke, Wolfgang Kohlhaase, Kurt Maetzig, Günter Reisch, Günther Rucker, Alexander Stenbock-Fermor, and J Barkhauer (uncredited), based on the novel Astronauci ["The Astronauts"] (1951) by Stanisław Lem. Cast ...

Hardingham, Edward

(1842-1929) UK poet and author known mainly for Hugh Leventhorpe (1906), a Lost Race romance featuring survivals of the Mayan civilization. [JC]


US tv series (2017-2019). Gilbert Productions / Anonymous Content / Gate 34 / MRC / Starz Originals, distributed by Starz! Created by Justin Marks. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Charlotte Brändström, Hanelle M Culpepper, Lukas Ettlin, Jennifer Getzinger, Justin Marks, Charles Martin, Alik Sakharov, Morten Tyldum and Stephen Williams. Written by Marks; other writers are Amy Berg, Justin Britt-Gibson, Maegan Houang, Erin Levy, Maria Melnik, Tom Pabst, Zak Schwartz and Gianna Sobol. ...

Lazarus, Keo Felker

(1913-1993) US author for children and the Young Adult market whose Gismo trilogy – comprising The Gismo: A Science Fiction Story (1970; vt The Gismo from Outer Space 1974), The Gismonauts (1981) and A Message from Monaal (1981) – begins when a young lad discovers the eponymous Communications device that links its user to outer space and an Alien race whose leader Throalian Monaal is studying Earth's society. Book two takes up the tale in the Near Future as the first protagonist's ...

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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