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Martin-Fehr, John

Working name of German teacher and author Martin Fehr (1905-1978), in the UK from about 1933; his sf novel, The End of His Tether (1972), depicts a Post-Holocaust world soon after a nuclear World War Three has infected the land with numerous diseases and mutations (see Mutants). Eventually representatives of a "new race" – a putative world-order based on strict Eugenics – arrives from Australia, giving some ambivalent hope for the future. [JC]

Science Stories

US Digest-size magazine. Four bimonthly issues, October 1953 to April 1954. The first was published by Bell Publications, Chicago, the rest by Palmer Publications, Evanston; edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey. Science Stories was effectively a continuation of Other Worlds. It printed no notable fiction, and continued much in the same vein as Other Worlds with material by S J Byrne (as John Bloodstone) and Richard S Shaver. It was, however, nicely illustrated by Hannes Bok, Virgil ...

Adjustment Bureau, The

Film (2011). Universal Studios and Media Rights Capital present a Gambit Pictures production in association with Electric Shepherd Productions. Written and directed by George Nolfi. Based on the story "Adjustment Team" (September/October 1954 Orbit Science Fiction) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery and Terence Stamp. 106 minutes. Colour. / The first feature from the production company established by Dick's daughters during the making of A ...

Gerard, Morice

Pseudonym of UK clergyman and author John Jessop Teague (1856-1929), author of many historical novels, and of The New Order (1917), a vision of the Near Future from a staunchly rightwing perspective. [JC]

Calmadenker, A

Pseudonym of Dutch-born author, born Jacobus Calisch (1863-1926), a resident in the USA apparently from early adulthood; he changed his name to James Howard Calish in 1906. In his The Mania of the Nations on the Planet Mars, and its Terrific Consequences: A Combination of Fun and Wisdom (1915 chap), tantalizingly, the history of Mars – here narrated at length via an access platform sited at the South Pole (see Communications) – predates by two decades the history of Earth, ...

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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