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Brock, Darryl

(1940-    ) US teacher and author of the Samuel Clemens Fowler sequence of Time Travel tales comprising If I Never Get Back (1989) and Two in the Field (2002), whose protagonist travels back in time to 1869 and becomes engaged in the early days of professional Baseball, just at the verge of becoming the national sport. As the protagonist's name makes clear, elements of the series are inspired by Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and Twain ...

Brenton, Howard

(1942-    ) UK screenwriter and playwright, active from the late 1960s, his dramas often being Satires focused on social, economic and political issues in the UK, frequently conveyed through estranged pantomime routines as evolved from Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), some of whose plays he has adapted for British performance. Singletons of sf interest include The Churchill Play: As it will be Performed in the Winter of 1984 by the Internees of Churchill Camp Somewhere in England ...

Haberfield, Bob

(1938-2021) Australian-born artist, long in the UK, sometimes wrongly credited as Bob Habberfield; first active in the early 1960s with record sleeve design and Illustration for the UK-based World Record Club. He was best known for his striking cover artwork for sf, fantasy and Science Fantasy titles published by the London-based Mayflower Books and Granada Publishing/Panther (the latter acquiring the former as an imprint which was subsequently dropped) from 1968 to 1980. Haberfield was ...

Stringer, Arthur

(1874-1950) Canadian poet and author, in the US from 1898; prolific in several genres from 1894, though he concentrated on the Canadian genre of survival tales set in the northern wilds. The Man Who Couldn't Sleep (coll 1919) and The Wolf Woman (1928) are fantasy. Of sf interest are a film tie, The Story without a Name (1924) with Russell Holman, in which a Death Ray appears, an Invention duly sought after by a sizeable passel of Villains; and The Woman Who Couldn't Die (1929), whose Viking ...

Maddock, Reginald

(1912-1994) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers. His first sf novel, The Time Maze (1960), is a literate Time Travel tale whose protagonists, lost in a mysterious cave, find that its innumerable luminescent passages take them to exemplary experiences in three past eras: the time of the Dinosaurs, of Neanderthal man, and in a Neolithic community. Unusually, it is women not men who are seen to be emblematic of Evolution at work. The second paragraph of the tale paraphrases the memorable ...

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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