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Beemish, Cragg

Almost certainly the pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -    ), responsible under this name for Worlds Away! (1953), a Space Opera in which the crew of the first Space Flight are assaulted by an Alien race based on the Sun, which ages them rapidly. [JC]

Lederer, William J

(1912-2009) US soldier and author, most famous for a nonfantastic novel, The Ugly American (1958) with Eugene L Burdick. Of sf interest is Sarkhan (1965; vt The Deceptive American 1977) with Eugene L Burdick, a Near Future tale set in the fictional South-East Asian state of Sarkhan featured in The Ugly American, and now subject to Communist takeover. [JC]

Hagberg, David

(1942-2019) US author who has published prolifically under his own name and various pseudonyms, including David Bannerman, Sean Flannery, David James, Robert Pell and Eric Ramsey, usually thrillers that sometimes venture into Technothriller country, though not into the fantastic as such. He began publishing novels of genre interest with The Capsule (1976), in which a secret Weapon evolved out of the rubble of World War Two must be found and its possessors thwarted or the world will end (see ...

Caselberg, Jay

Working name of Australian author James Caselberg (1958-    ), mainly resident in the UK from the 1980s; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Photosynthesis" for The Pedestal Magazine in 2001 as by James A Hartley. Both his surnames are real – the first being Caselberg; on remarriage his mother took the name of Hartley – though he now uses Caselberg only. His Jack Stein sequence – comprising Wyrmhole (2003), Metal Sky (2004), The Star Table ...

Reiffel, Leonard

(1927-2017) US physicist, broadcaster, noted for his competent and accessible radio programme The World Tomorrow which began in 1964, Deputy Director of the Apollo Moon project for NASA 1965-1969,and author; in his Near Future Technothriller, The Contaminant (1978), a plot is brewed to destroy the USSR with a virus that causes cancer (see Pandemic). [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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