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de Lancie, John

(1948-    ) US television actor in many roles since 1976, probably best known for playing Q in nine episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation between 1987 and 1994, a role at the centre of his Star Trek: The Next Generation Tie, Star Trek: The Next Generation: I, Q (1999) with Peter David. He also wrote a Post-Holocaust novel, Soldier of Light (1999) with Tom Cool, which traces a Near Future transformation of those humans who survive metamorphosis into the only beings ...

Skaife, S H

(1889-1976) UK-born entomologist and author, in South Africa from 1913; most of his work comprises either technical studies or descriptions of the natural world for general readers. Of sf interest is The Strange Old Man (coll of linked stories 1930), tales in which the Drug-enabled Miniaturization of two children allows them, under the guidance of the eponymous scientist, to tour the air, the land, and Under the Sea, all the while learning about how other species live. [JC]

Pope, Thomas

(?   -    ) US game designer and author who has collaborated with David Weber (whom see) and Timothy Zahn on A Call to Arms (2015) and subsequent volumes of the Honor Harrington: Manticore Ascendant sequence set in Weber's Honor Harrington universe; the first book in this subseries, A Call to Duty (2014), was by Weber and Zahn only. [DRL]

World of Horror

UK letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine, printed on middle-grade paper. Published by Dalruth Publishing Group, then Gresham Publishing. Editor: Gent Shaw. Ten bimonthly issues, 1974 to 1975. / Subtitled "An Anthology of the Macabre from Film and Fiction", this magazine differed from most such contemporary titles published in either the UK or US in that it featured considerable internal colour material, then uncommon. It also ran Horror fiction in addition to the usual features on ...

Unsworth, Tania

(?   -    ) UK-born author resident in the USA from early adulthood, daughter of the novelist Barry Unsworth (1930-2012); her early work, beginning with The Seahorse (2002) is nonfantastic. She is of sf interest for The One Safe Place (2014), a Young Adult Near Future tale set initially on a farm declining inexorably due to catastrophic Climate Change which has created a Ruined Earth world. After the protagonist leaves home for the Dystopian City, the story ...

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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