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Leon, Mark

(?   -    ) US author of the Mind-Surfer sequence of Near Future tales – comprising Mind-Surfer (1995), The Gaia War (1995) and The Unified Field (1996) – in the second of which the manufacture of a fully-powered goddess called Gaia brings about a threat of change leading to Disaster in the year 2000, a threat that fades into the background of volume three, as the series' unbalanced protagonists travel to the stars, where Transcendence beckons. ...

Shea, Robert

(1933-1994) US author and senior editor of Playboy magazine who began publishing work of genre interest with The Helpful Robots (September 1957 Fantastic Universe; 2009 ebook). He is best known for collaborating with Robert Anton Wilson on the Illuminatus! trilogy – The Eye in the Pyramid (1975), The Golden Apple (1975) and Leviathan (1975), all assembled as The Illuminatus Trilogy (omni 1984) – in which detective, Fantasy and sf components combine in the extremely complex tale of a ...

Page, Nick

(1961-    ) UK author of Six Days (1992), a humorous sf novel with touches of spoof Satire. [JC]

Doughty, Francis W

(1850-1917) US numismatist, scholar, screenwriter and author whose well written, ingenious and original dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF) have often been considered the finest examples of the category. His better stories present a succession of highly imaginative strokes, often with good historical backgrounds. The title figure in "The Man in the Black Cloak" (1886 The Boys of New York) as by P T Raymond – a man whose betrayal has turned him virtually into a living skeleton, and who in ...

Flight of the Navigator

Film (1986). Producers Sales/New Star Entertainment/Walt Disney. Directed by Randal Kleiser. Written by Michael Burton, Matt MacManus, based on a story by Mark H Baker. Cast includes Veronica Cartwright, Joey Cramer, Cliff De Young, Howard Hesseman and Paul Mall. 89 minutes. Colour. / Made for children, this might – one would think – be rather disturbing for them. A 12-year-old (Cramer) returns home after a fall and finds the wrong people living there. The police take him to ...

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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