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Gordon, Bert I

(1922-    ) American filmmaker who typically directed, produced, co-wrote, and did the special effects for his low-budget productions in collaboration with his wife Flora Gordon (?   -?   ). After serving in World War II and making some television commercials, he began his film career with King Dinosaur (1955), a generally dire saga of the discovery of living Dinosaurs on another planet. This introduced his trademark technique: filming actors in ...

Brown, Zachary

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) who under this name is of sf interest for their Icarus Corps sequence of Military SF tales comprising The Darkside War (2015), Titan's Fall (2016) and Jupiter Rising (2017 ebook). The action, in which grunts suffer and triumphalism is muted, takes place in a Solar System whose human inhabitants are conscripted – like Third World mercenaries in the contemporary world – into a vast interstellar war ...

Harris, Richard R

(?   -    ) US author of The Martian Solution (1997 chap), a short sf novel set on Mars featuring a woman detective. [JC]

Ferriss, Lucy

(1954-    ) US author whose work – mostly nonfantastic – tends to explore personal and political issues with intimate intensity, and whose fourth novel, The Misconceiver (1997), is a Near Future examination of a Dystopian world ruled by a Christian "Coalition" in which abortions – now known as "misconceptions" – have become illegal. [JC]

Bell, Geo W

(1838-1907) US soldier (though his claim to the rank of Colonel has not been confirmed), real estate speculator, diplomat (Consul for the United States in Sydney, New South Wales, 1894-1900) and author; his sf novel, Mr Oseba's Last Discovery (1904 New Zealand) may have been written as a real estate promotion. The protagonist meets a traveling inhabitant of the Hollow Earth, who has arrived on the surface via the Arctic Symmes Hole (see John Cleves Symmes); he describes the Eugenic Utopia he ...

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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