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May, Julian

(1931-2017) US editor and author, active in US Fandom in the 1940s and early 1950s; married to T E Dikty from 1953 to his death in 1991, founding with him Publication Associates in 1957 (see his entry for this and later enterprises); he also served as editor and agent for all her mature work. She began publishing sf with "Dune Roller" for Astounding in December 1951, a frequently anthologized story that was dramatized for the Television series Tales of Tomorrow (1951-1953) and filmed as The ...

Herter, David

(1963-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Late Mr Havel's Apartment" (in Borderlands 4, anth 1994, edited by Thomas F Monteleone), the interest in Czech life and history in this story proving to shape his later career, though his first novel, Ceres Storm (2000), which is a modern Fantastic Voyage tale that follows a young man across the solar system in his search for the Ur-being of whom he – and his AI companion – are avatars. ...

Lancour, Gene

Working name of Gene Louis Fisher (1947-    ), US author of the Sword-and-Sorcery Dirshan, the God-Killer sequence featuring a barbarian warrior strenuously in the service of a goddess: The Lerios Mecca (1973), The War Machines of Kalinth (1977), Sword for the Empire (1978) and The Maneaters of Cascalon (1979). Lancour's next book was sf: The Globes of Llarum (1980) puts a mercenary on the side of rebel independents against a giant corporation on a frontier planet; ...

Homeworld

Videogame (1999). Relic Entertainment (RE). Platforms: Win. / Homeworld is a Real Time Strategy game, noted for its innovative use of three-dimensional space and its involving linear storyline (see Interactive Narrative). The setting is Space Opera; the Kushan race, evicted from their homeworld long ago after losing a war against the Taiidan, have settled on the planet of Kharak and forgotten their origins. However, shortly before the beginning of the game the Kushan excavated the ruins of ...

Valley of Eagles

Film (1951; vt Valley of the Eagles US). The J Arthur Rank Organization/Independent Sovereign Films (UK)/Lippert Films (US). Produced by Nat A Bronstein (as Nat Bronsten). Directed by Terence Young. Written by Young from an original story by Bronstein and Paul Tabori. Cast includes Anthony Dawson, Nadia Grey, Christopher Lee, John McCallum, Jack Warner and Mary Laura Wood. 86 minutes, sometimes cut to 82 minutes. Black and white. / Norwegian Scientist Dr Nils Ahlen (McCallum) has developed ...

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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