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Drago, Ty

Working name of US author Anthony Charles Drago Jr (1960-    ) who began to publish work of genre interest with "Childspell" for Haunts in 1992. He founded the Online Magazine Allegory (formerly known as Peridot Books) in 1998. His Near Future near-space tale, Phobos (2003), interweaves scientific intrigue on the eponymous Moon of Mars and mounting political strife between the Mars Colony and Earth. The Undertakers, starting with Rise of the Corpses (2011) is a Young Adult ...

Roberts, Tony

Working name of British artist Anthony Roberts (1950-    ), occasionally bylined thus but more often credited as Tony Roberts. After receiving artistic training at Wolverhampton College of Art from 1967 to 1969, and at Ravensbourne College of Art from 1969 to 1972, he almost immediately began painting sf book covers. While his first two covers – for a 1973 edition of Ralph Blum's The Simultaneous Man (1970) and a 1973 edition of Philip K Dick's Ubik (1969) – ...

Campling, Frank Knowles

(circa 1885/1887-1940) UK author of fiction for boys, sometimes as by Eric Wood; of sf interest is The Jungle Men: A Story of 2928AD (1928 chap) as by Eric Wood [RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Star Trek: Insurrection

Film (1998). Paramount. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Michael Piller; story Rick Berman & Piller. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Frakes, Gates McFadden, Donna Murphy, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 103 minutes. Colour. / A utopian world with a fountain of youth is targeted by the Federation for appropriation at the expense of the resident population, who turn out to be post-technological and thus undefended by Prime Directive; the ...

Leeson, Robert

(1928-2013) UK editor and author, active from the mid-1940s, who began publishing his books for children, in which he has since specialized, with Beyond the Dragon Prow (1973), an historical romance. Of sf interest is the Time Rope sequence – Time Rope (1986), Three Against the World (1986), The Metro Gangs Attack (1986) and At War with Tomorrow (1986) – in which a sharp social awareness of the contemporary world is focused through a Time-Travel plot with ample conflicts; and the ...

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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