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Palmer, William J

(1890-1982) US judge and author whose sf novel The Curious Culture of the Planet Loretta (1968) – written after his retirement – discusses sexual morality (see Sex); the plot is not gripping. [JC/DRL]

Astounding She-Monster, The

Film (1957; vt Mysterious Invader UK). Hollywood International Pictures/American International Pictures. Produced and directed by Ronald V Ashcroft (credited as Ronnie Ashcroft). Written by Frank Hall and Ashcroft (uncredited) from their original story. Cast includes Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Shirley Kilpatrick and Jeanne Tatum. 62 minutes. Black and white. / Geologist Dick Cutler (Clarke) is in the mountains of northern California prospecting for radium when a UFO ...

Fraser, Ronald

(1888-1974) UK soldier, civil servant and author, in active service during World War One until an injury left him permanently disabled. Most of his work, like his first novel, The Flying Draper (1924; rev 1931), utilizes fantasy or sf devices – in this initial case levitation (see Telekinesis) – to create allegorical or philosophical arguments, unmistakably influenced by H G Wells: the draper in this first novel, for instance, finds that the ability to fly enforces almost literally ...

Alexander, James B

(1831-1914) US author whose sf phantasmagoria, The Lunarian Professor and His Remarkable Revelations Concerning the Earth, the Moon and Mars; Together with an Account of the Cruise of the Sally Ann (1909), might have been excluded from this encyclopedia on the grounds that the insectoid Lunarian pedagogue and all that he surveys turn out to be a dream – were it not that Alexander's imagination, though patently influenced by H G Wells, is too vivid to be ignored. The narrator is told at ...

MacGregor, Reginald James

(?   -?   ) UK playwright and author of The Monkey-God's Secret (1924), whose sf content is undetermined; in later years, MacGregor, writing as R J McGregor (note spelling of surname), later published Knights of the Skies (1947), a Children's SF tale whose protagonists are rescued by an advanced Technology: a plane that is also being used to destroy warmongers worldwide. Under the same name, he released several nonfantastic 1940s and 1950s detective adventures for ...

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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