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Agell, Charlotte

(1959-    ) Swedish-born author, raised in Canada and Hong Kong, in US from 1977. Author of several picture books for younger children, and of Shift (2008), a Young Adult novel set in a Dystopian America, some time after a nuclear Holocaust has devastated the Eastern Seaboard; fundamentalist Christianity (see Religion) has taken over the government, as punitively as usual in tales of this sort. Evolution is a forbidden topic. Fortunately, a revolution is brewing in Maine. ...

Roscoe, Theodore

(1906-1992) US biographer, naval historian and author whose I'll Grind Their Bones (1936) is a locked-room mystery set in a Near Future Europe about to go to war. Of fairly moderate genre interest are the Thibaut Corday stories, featuring the eponymous Pulp magazines hero in exotic adventures; they are assembled in The Wonderful Lips of Thibong Linh [and] The Bearded Slayer (coll circa 1939), Monkey See, Monkey Do [and] Terror Stalks the Mangroves (anth circa 1939), the second story being by ...

Staniland, Meaburn

(1914-1992) UK antiquarian bookseller, editor and author, probably a descendant of the nineteenth-century politician Meaburn Staniland (1809-1898), Liberal Member of Parliament for Boston, Lincolnshire; with Penguin Books in the 1960s-1970s. His sf novel Back to the Future (1947) – which is in no way a precursor of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels – sends its protagonist by defective Time Machine into the shabby bureaucratic Dystopian UK of 2047, from which he escapes by ...


US magazine, four issues Summer 1990 to Spring 1991, letter-size, published McAlpine Publishing, Virginia Beach, Virginia; edited by Richard Rowand. The magazine emphasized that it was "for the SF Reader", with the varying shout-line, "Science Fiction for the Enthusiast!!" or "Science Fiction for the Connoisseur!!". The contents, though, were a mix of science fiction (including Hard SF) and borderline sf/fantasy and included the provocative religious fantasy "A Candle in the Sun" (Winter 1990) ...

Once a Hero

US tv series (1987). Garden Party Productions/New World International for ABC-TV. Created by Dusty Kay. Produced by Paul Pompian, and others. Directors included Harry Hurwitz, Kevin Hooks, and Claudia Weill. Writers included Ira Steven Behr and Kay. Cast includes Robert Forster, Jeff Lester and Milo O'Shea. Five 60-minute episodes. Colour. / Comics writer Abner Bevis (O'Shea) finds himself repeating his own plots for his Superhero comic Captain Justice; sales are declining and the publisher ...

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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