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Macowan, Norman

(1877-1961) UK actor and playwright, whose Near Future play, Glorious Morning: A Play in Three Acts (1938 chap), is set in the Graustarkian (see George Barr McCutcheon; Ruritania) state of Zagnira, where a Joan of Arc figure foments revolution. [JC]

Mackie, Philip

(1918-1985) UK screenwriter whose Television drama, An Englishman's Castle (1978 3 episodes), depicts an England long occupied by Nazi Germany (see Hitler Wins); as its protagonist gradually begins to understand the depths of the tyranny he and his lover suffer under, the tale becomes both darker and more subtle. [JC]


US digital magazine produced by Daniel Appelquist, originally while he was at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, but which he continued to maintain over the next six years. It was the first digital sf magazine, with 22 issues from October 1989 to July 1995, initially as an E-Zine distributed to 127 subscribers, eventually becoming an Online Magazine via Compuserve in March 1992 and then as a Webzine at its own website in August 1994. Appelquist was helped from the start by Jason Snell, who ...

Chaykin, Howard V

(1950-    ) US author/illustrator, mainly of Comics. Chaykin's first professional work was the 1973 art for Marvel Comics's War of the Worlds (a sequel to H G Wells's novel!) and DC Comics's Sword of Sorcery (which featured Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser). Much of his work has been sf. He was writer/artist on Cody Starbuck and Iron Wolf before drawing the bestselling adaptation of Star Wars (1977) for Marvel in 1976. Chaykin teamed up with Samuel R Delany to ...

Wallace, David Foster

(1962-2008) US author who began publishing work of interest with "The Planet Trillaphon as it Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing" for the Amherst Review in 1984; the story combines a post-modernist sensibility – the planet in question is a non-metaphorized vision of the internal architecture of a distressed mind roiled by anti-depressant Drugs – and a presciently sf-like recognition that Perception does not only influence but may in fact shape the case of the world. Throughout his ...

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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