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Michaels, Rune

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult sf novels, including Genesis Alpha (2007), in which the Clone of a young man, who has possibly done evil things, searches for answers in the eponymous Massively Multiplayer Online Game; The Reminder (2008), whose protagonist hears her dead mother's voice, a dilemma resolved without actually returning her mother to life; and Nobel Genes (2010), whose young protagonist may – or may not – be very intimately related ...

Fawcett, Bill

Working name of US anthologist, packager and author William Brian Fawcett (1947-    ), much of whose work – especially his edited or packaged products – has been anonymous [the Checklist below is certainly incomplete]. His fiction has generally been collaborative: examples include the Gamebook Combat Command in the World of Robert Asprin's Cold Cash War: Cold Cash Warrior (1989) with Robert Asprin, and Lord of Cragslaw (1989) with Neil Randall, the latter a novel ...

Naylor, Doug

(1955-    ) UK scriptwriter and author best known for Red Dwarf; almost all his work of interest related to this Television series and was written with Rob Grant under the joint pseudonym Grant Naylor (which see for all work under that name). Naylor also wrote solo one Tie to the series, Last Human (1995). The Red Dwarf script extracts in Scenes from the Dwarf (coll 1996 chap) and full scripts in Son of Soup: A Second Serving of the Least Worst Scripts (coll 1996) appeared ...

Earth: Final Conflict

American-Canadian tv series (1997-2002). Alliance Atlantis Communications and Tribune Entertainment. Created by Gene Roddenberry. Producers include Majel Barett Roddenberry, Paul Gertz, David Kirschner, and Seaton McLean. Writers include Gertz, John Whelpley, George Geiger, and D C Fontana. Directors include Brenton Spencer, Andrew Potter, Ross Clyde, and Vincenzo Natali. Cast includes Kevin Kilner as William Boone, Robert Leeshock as Liam Kincaid, Jayne Heitmeyer as Renee Palmer, Von Flores as ...

Tall, Stephen

Pseudonym of US biology professor and author Compton Newby Crook (1908-1981), who began his writing career under various undisclosed pseudonyms in the 1930s; none of this early work, which has not been satisfactorily traced, seems to have been sf, which he began publishing as Tall with "The Lights on Precipice Peak" for Galaxy in October 1955. He did not begin to be active in the field until more than a decade later, becoming known initially for the Stardust sequence, beginning with 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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