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Duff, Douglas V

(1901-1978) Argentinian-born author of UK parents, in the UK from 1906. His service in both World Wars (in 1916 as a naval cadet who had his ship sunk under him), and his inter-war career in the Palestine Police, mark him as a Young Adult writer with nothing to prove about his own manliness; it may (or may not) be consequential upon his personal experience of the world that his work is (almost uniquely in his generation of writers) free of racial or sexual stereotyping: women are active and ...

Vyse, Michael

(?   -    ) UK teacher, painter and author, latterly resident in France, whose only known books both appeared in 1980. The tales assembled in The Outer Reaches (coll 1980) seem previously unpublished, but knowledgeably and competently run a wide gamut of sf and fantasy, most of the stories being moderately pessimistic about the prospects for planet Earth. Overworld (1980), a Dystopian Satire set in an undefined Near Future, anticipates an even more minatory ...

Musgrave, David

(1973-    ) UK artist and author whose first novel, Lambda (2022),is set in an Alternate World version of London co-inhabited by humans and lambdas, the latter being extremely tiny aquatic mammals, unregistered immigrants who establish a Wainscot Society in an unexpectedly welcoming United Kingdom. Sadly, a bombing unconnected to the lambdas excites the British into a destructive frenzy of hatred (see Imperialism; Race in SF). / Musgrave should not be confused with the ...


Film (1989). Pheasantry Films in association with Allied Vision, The Picture Property Company. Coproduced by Philippe Mora, Whitley Strieber and Dan Allingham. Directed by Mora. Written by Strieber based on his own book Communion: A True Story (1987). Cast includes Joel Carlson, Lindsay Crouse, Terri Hanauer, Andreas Katsulas, Frances Sternhagen and Christopher Walken. 101 minutes. Colour. / This interesting film which tells of the abduction by Aliens of fantasy writer Whitley Strieber has ...

Penswick, Neil

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie for the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who New Adventures: The Pit (1993). [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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