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Moore, C L

(1911-1987) US author, collaborator with Henry Kuttner whom she married in 1940, and with whom she had collaborated since 1937 (see below). Before her intimate working association with Kuttner, she had, however, already achieved fame with her first story, "Shambleau" for Weird Tales in November 1933, a femme fatale tale of a psychic Vampire set on a Planetary Romance version of Mars. She continued during the 1930s to chronicle the exploits of its hero Northwest Smith, much of the series being ...

Rein, Harold

(1926-2011) US author of an extremely grim Post-Holocaust novel, Few Were Left (1955), whose suicidal protagonist is trapped with others Underground, in the New York subway system, after the bomb has dropped. He fails, after several adventures, to escape. A Television version for Armchair Theatre broadcast 30 November 1958 as "Underground", was set under London. [JC]

Terrore Nello Spazio

Italian film (1965; vt Planet of the Vampires). Italian International/Castilla Cinematografica/American International Pictures (AIP). Directed by Mario Bava. Written by (English) Louis M Heyward, Ib Melchior; (Italian) Callisto Cosulich, Antonio Roman, Alberto Bevilacqua, Bava, Rafael J Salvia; based on a story by Melchior, based in turn on an Italian story by Renato Pestriniero. Cast includes Angel Aranda, Norma Bengell, Evi Morandi and Barry Sullivan. 86 minutes. Colour. / This ...

Gillings, Walter

(1912-1979) UK journalist and editor, active in Fandom (where he was usually known as Wally Gillings) from the early 1930s; he published (1937-1938) seven issues of an historic Fanzine, Scientifiction. This activity led to his editing the first true UK sf magazine, Tales of Wonder (1937-1942); his use of the term "science fiction" on the cover of issue number one for June 1937 may mark the first appearance of that term to designate as a whole the contents of a UK professional magazine or book. ...

Harrison, Eva

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first book, The Story of a Soul's Unfoldment (1905),describes the author's psychic communication with a ancient Egyptian Priest. Of some sf interest is Wireless Messages from Other Worlds (1915), which contains a range of "spirit" (hence wireless) messages from other planets of the Solar System, giving details of higher forms of life. [JC]

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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