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Edwards, Rob

(?   -    ) UK author, resident in Finland for some time, whose first novel, The Ascension Machine (2020), is an exuberant Young Adult Space Opera riff on a range of story opportunities from the SF Megatext: his young hero cons himself into a school, a combination of space cadet academy and Superhero breeder, on a planet new to him; he makes friends with Alien schoolmates, with whom he then engages in adventures as the galaxy is in danger of being overwhelmed ...

Squire, J C

(1884-1958) UK author, poet, essayist, historian and literary editor whose health barred him from active service in World War One, though he was active in the Home Guard; he also wrote as by Solomon Eagle. Some of his fiction – like "The March of Progress" about Atlantis, in The Gold Tree (coll 1917 chap) – was of modest sf interest; some of the Parodies assembled in Imaginary Speeches (coll 1912) and Steps to Parnassus (coll 1913), the second published by his own firm, are executed ...

Lucian [2]

Pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -    ) whose 1920: Dips into the Near Future (last quarter of 1917 The Nation; coll of linked stories 1918 chap) sharply examines a Near Future UK in Satirical terms as a land inherently deformed by the experience of World War One; the book is based on models from the original Lucian, being told in the form of dialogues with a clergyman returned from 1920. [JC]

Space Probe Taurus

Film (1965; vt Space Monster; vt First Woman into Space). American International. Directed by Leonard Katzman. Cast includes Baynes Barron, Russ Bender, James Brown, Robert Legionaire and Francine York. Written by Leonard Katzman. 81 minutes. Black and white. / The mission of a Spaceship, Faith 1, ends disastrously, as deadly gas penetrates its hull, killing all but one crewman, and the survivor (Legionaire) urges Earth Control to destroy his own spaceship because it may be "infectious." ...

Levine, David D

(1961-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "1992 the Worldcon That Wasn't" in Alternate Worldcons and Again, Alternate Worldcons (anth 1996) edited by Mike Resnick. He won a Hugo for "Tk'tk'tk" (March 2005 Asimov's), a slick tale about a salesman having trouble on an Alien planet that demonstrated Levine's familiarity with the tropes of sf Satire with a smile; similarly reminiscential was The Tale of the Golden Eagle (2004 ebook chap), a baroque ...

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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