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Burton, S H

(1919-2005) UK author – principally of school textbooks – and anthologist, of sf relevance for his compilation Science Fiction (anth 1967). This includes an introductory essay and a glossary, and is intended for high-school students. Selected stories range from Robert A Heinlein's "Requiem" (January 1940 Astounding) to John Brunner's "The Windows of Heaven" (May 1956 New Worlds as "Two by Two"; vt in No Future in It, coll 1962). / Burton also published under the name Sam ...

Mantley, John

(1920-2003) Canadian-born US screenwriter and producer whose Near Future sf novel, The Twenty-Seventh Day (1956; rev 1956), features Galactic Federation Aliens who give each of five humans from opposing countries an invincible weapon in 1963 to see what they do with them. The novel was filmed – from the US version, which has a revised ending – as The 27th Day (1957). Mantley wrote teleplays for The Outer Limits and The Wild, Wild West, and for years worked as a producer on Gunsmoke; ...

McIntyre, Angus

(?   -    ) UK author now in USA who began to publish work of genre interest with "Someone to Watch Over Me" in Black Candles: Surveillance for 2015. His first novel, The Warrior Within (2018), is a Planetary Romance set in an indefinite but perhaps rather distant future, on a long-inhabited world, where a colourful, complex but constrained culture seems to flourish, under the sway of an ornate but pragmatic Religion. The protagonist, mayor of a small town, ...

Kellogg, Vernon

(1867-1937) US entomologist, biologist and author; initially a pacifist in World War One, he recorded that his shock at the brutal implications of the Social Darwinism promulgated by senior German officers he met forced a change of mind, as he recorded in Headquarters Nights [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1917) (see also Eugenics). These encounters may have inspired Nuova; Or, the New Bee: A Story for Children of Five to Fifty (1920), in which Utopian topoi commingle with Beast Fable [see ...

Miller, Sam J

(1979-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Haunting Your House" in The Red Volume: An Anthology of Stories by the Awkward Robots (anth 2008 ebook) edited by The Awkward Robots, most of his early work being fantasy or horror, though his first novel, the Young Adult The Art of Starving (2017), Equipoisally offers hints as well of an sf explanation for the mysterious Superpowers acquired by the young protagonist, who has gone on a prolonged fast. ...

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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