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Dicks, Terrance

(1935-2019) UK scriptwriter, editor, and author, best known for his involvement in various capacities over many years with Doctor Who (see this entry for more details). His career as scriptwriter for this BBC television series began in the late 1960s with rewrite work on episodes 3-6 of Brian Hayles's season-six storyline The Seeds of Death (25 January-1 March 1969), later in the season he was jointly credited with Malcolm Hulke for the ten-part The War Games (19 April-21 June 1969). Dicks was ...

Poetry

As science fiction does best when it is told, it may be unsurprising that the past century or so, a period not markedly friendly to narrative verse, has seen no efflorescence of good sf story poems. There are all the same a number of them, though they are hugely less frequent than examples of lyric sf poetry – short poems in which sf tropes and topoi regularly found to uncover the state of mind of the poet – few of which rank very high in the literatures of the West. This is ...

Fixup

A term first used by A E van Vogt to describe a book made up of previously published stories fitted together – usually with the addition of newly written or published cementing material – so that they read as a novel. Aware that fixups are immensely more common in Genre SF than in any other literature in the world, we borrowed the term for the 1979 edition of this encyclopedia, and continue to use it now; an example is van Vogt's own The Weapon Shops of Isher (July 1941 and December ...

Ballou, Arthur

(1915-1981) US business consultant and author of two Young Adult sf novels: Marooned in Orbit (1968), which features a mission to save a disabled spaceship in lunar orbit; and Bound for Mars (1970), featuring some of the same characters as the previous novel, about a space mission endangered by one of its crew after its leaves a Space Station en route to Mars. [JC]

Frankish, H

(?   -?   ) UK author, long thought to be pseudonymous but in fact not so. His one published book is Dr Cunliffe, Investigator (coll of linked stories 1913), featuring the exploits of the eponymous Scientist/investigator/Superhero whose assignments from Scotland Yard involve him with at least one Alien, a Vampire, a transplanted brain, a Mad Scientist wielding a matter Disintegrator, and gigantism in wasps (see Great and Small). Any prior magazine publication of ...

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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