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Wybraniec, Peter Frank

(1882-1964) Polish-born US author whose lightly fictionalized Utopia Speratia (1935; rev vt Speratia: The Land of Hope 1941) posits an anti-egalitarian state control over every aspect of life, with Religion adamantly manifest. The author, who seems to have simultaneously used the name Dr Raphael W Leonhart as putative writer of this text, was a dentist. [JC]

Lory, Robert

(1936-    ) US public relations adviser and author who began publishing sf with "Rundown" for Worlds of If (see If) in May 1963; his stories have been assembled as A Harvest of Hoodwinks (coll 1970 dos). His sf novels, mostly light, fantasy-laced adventures, are unambitious but competent; they include Identity Seven (1974), which involves Identity Exchange in various realities, and The Thirteen Bracelets (1974). The Trovo series – The Eyes of Bolsk (1969 dos) and ...

'Way Out

US tv series (1961). Talent Associates for CBS-TV. Produced by Jacqueline Babbin, Mike Donn. Created by David Susskind. Directors included Marc Daniels, Daniel Petrie, Seymour Robbie, Boris Sagal, Ron Winston. Writers included Irving Gaynor Neiman Jr, Sumner Locke Elliott and Philip H Reisman Jr. Makeup artist: Dick Smith. Host: Roald Dahl. 14 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / An anthology series of macabre tales, the initial episode being adapted from Roald Dahl's own story "William ...

Shannon, Terence

(?   -    ) US author in whose What Happened to the Indians (2000) America is threatened with an Alien Invasion, these events prefigured by UFO landings in the 1940s; and responds more vigorously than the "Indians" did when the white man first came to the continent. A markedly right-wing pattern of argument (see Politics), presented without remission, leads to peculiar plot turns: as when America decides to spook the aliens by initiating a perfectly justified ...

Harris, Rosemary

(1923-2019) UK writer who concentrated in her early career on non-fantastic novels for adults, beginning with The Summer-House (1956), but began to publish work of genre interest with "Hamlin" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in September 1961. Much of her later work for Young Adult readers has been fantasy, beginning with the Reuben sequence comprising The Moon in the Cloud (1968), The Shadow on the Sun (1970) and The Bright and Morning Star (1972). In the first volume, Reuben ...

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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