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Misfits of Science

US tv series (1985-1986). James D Parriott Productions/Universal Television. Created by Tim Kring, Parriott. Produced by Morrie Ruvinsksy, Harry Longstreet, Renee Longstreet. Cast includes Courtney Cox, Kevin Peter Hall, Dean Paul Martin and Mark Thomas Miller. One pilot film plus sixteen fifty-minute episodes. Colour. / In this short-lived series, several young people are brought together by a government-sponsored scientific think tank called Humanidyne to form a ...

Anderson, Poul

(1926-2001) US author born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian parents; he lived in Denmark briefly before the outbreak of World War Two. In 1948 he gained a degree in physics from the University of Minnesota. His knowledge of Scandinavian languages and literature and his scientific literacy fed each other fruitfully through a long and successful career, during which he gained for overall achievement the SFWA Grand Master Award in 1978; he was inducted ...

Burns, Charles

(1955-    ) US Comic-strip artist and author, born in Washington, District of Columbia, and now based in Philadelphia. The drawing of his Fabulations and Mutant characters displays a strange, heavily stylized vision. His work has been widely published in Italy (notably in Vanity), Spain (El Vibora) and France (Métal Hurlant) as well ...

Wallace, Edgar

(1875-1932) UK playwright, editor and author, father of Bryan Edgar Wallace; he is best known for his many thrillers, though he was also variously active as an sf writer from the beginning of his active career: the Just Men thriller sequence features occasional sf or Technothriller elements, such as a vast revolutionary movement's use of an Airship to bomb ...

Rostand, Maurice

(1891-1968) French playwright and author of marginal sf interest for Le Cercueil de Cristal (1920; trans Alys Eyre Macklin as The Crystal Coffin 1922), whose protagonist is seemingly possessed (see Decadence; Identity Transfer) by a Svengali-like mentor. [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 ...

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