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Brack, Vektis

A House Name used on three sf novels for Gannet Press of London in the early 1950s. The author or authors responsible for the first two are not identified: The "X" People (1953), which concerns an Alien Invasion, and Castaway from Space (1953), about an alien crashlanding, are both unremarkable; as is Odyssey in Space (1953), which concerns Space Stations. The last is insecurely identified as being by Leslie Humphrys, who also wrote as Bruno G Condray. [SH]

Badger Books

The main imprint of John Spencer and Co, used by that firm on almost all their books from about the beginning of 1955 through 1967, when the imprint was terminated. John Spencer and Co. itself was founded in 1946, incorporated in 1956 and eventually dissolved in 1983; like several other UK firms (e.g., Curtis Warren), it specialized in the production of purpose-written paperback originals in various popular genres, though the early 1950s saw some emphasis on magazines (in small-Digest and ...

Vanewords, John Pre

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Great Miracle; Or The Man Who Could Not Be Killed [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1914) describes the career of a kind of Superman, whose invulnerability and ability to pass through walls comes from a Magic spell, and who becomes a moderately sympathetic Antihero in his defiance of civilization. [JC]

Rutherford, Meg

(1932-2006) Australian sculptor, illustrator and author, in UK at least intermittently from 1958; she is of some sf interest for The Beautiful Island (graph 1969), which is collage-based. The narrative is ostensibly pure fantasy – birds persuade the battered houses and edifices of northern lands to migrate south to a paradisal Island – but uses proto-Steampunk devices literally to carry the tale, for the buildings are all hauled or otherwise transported by ingenious humans, whose ...

Delmont, Joseph

Pseudonym or legal name of Austrian film director and author born Karl Pyck or Pick (1873-1935), involved in film work in America between 1903 and 1910, and a director of silent films from 1910 to about 1925 in Austria and elsewhere, only turning to writing in the 1920s. There is some possibility that Delmont translated at least some of his own works into English. Sf novels include Die Stadt unter dem Meer (1925; trans anon as The Submarine City 1930), which features the construction by U-boat ...

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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