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Enguídanos Usach, Pascual

(1923-2006) Spanish author, better known by his pseudonym George H White; one of the deans of Spanish sf. He wrote hundreds of Pulp-style novellas: sf, crime, war and westerns for the Editorial Valenciana publishing house and later for the giant Bruguera. Between 1953 and 1978, he published 96 sf novellas and a handful of short stories as by George H White or Van S Smith. / Enguídanos Usach was the author of the most important series of Space Opera novels in Spain: La Saga de los ...

Martian, The

US musician specializing in sf-themed dance electronica. "The Martian" is Carlos "Empire" Ramirez (1980-    ), who renders his name variously as "eMpyre ramireZ" and "eMpyre RamireX" (with or without the eccentric capitalization), and sometimes simply "Empire". He produces lively, fluid, funk-inflected synthesizer music, a self-declaredly "non-corporate hip-hop" with a high genre quotient. Releases include "Meet the Red Planet" (1992), "Sex in Zero Gravity" (1993), "Journey ...

Dirac, Hugh

(?   -    ) UK medical doctor and author of an sf novel, The Profit of Doom (1970), in which a surgeon (see Medicine) implants brain cells from a foetus into the body of a diseased millionaire, who then gains Immortality. [JC]

Mars Needs Women

Made-for-tv film (1967). Azalea Pictures/American-International Television. Produced and directed by Larry Buchanan. Written by Buchanan. Cast includes Yvonne Craig and Tommy Kirk. 83 minutes. Colour. / Dop (Kirk) is leader of an expedition from Mars whose mission is to procure five Earthwomen for breeding purposes. Having mysteriously broadcast "Mars Needs Women" to the US Space Agency, Dop and his four companions reach Earth: there follows a "battle" between US Air Force fighter jets and ...

Wynne-Tyson, Esmé

(1898-1972) UK author, for whose novels written with J D Beresford see the latter entry. [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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