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Latter, Simon

(?   -    ) UK author of two Ties to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. universe: The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. #1: The Golden Globules Affair (1967) and The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. #3: The Golden Boats of Taradata Affair (1967). [JC]

Bond, Nancy

(1945-    ) US author best-known for her Young Adult fantasy, A String in the Harp (1976). Of her other works, The Voyage Begun (1981) is sf, in which a quixotic scheme to build a boat in a world ravaged by Pollution and punishing scarcity becomes a moving study of an attempt to come to terms with the real world; and in Another Shore (1988) a young woman finds herself in a Time Travel trap in eighteenth-century pre-Revolutionary America. [JC]

Curtis, Philip

(1920-2012) UK teacher and author who is best known for the Mr Browser sequence of Young Adult sf novels, beginning with Mr Browser and the Brain Sharpeners (1979; vt Invasion of the Brain Sharpeners 1981), which comically, though sometimes pedantically, engage teachers and others with various challenges, some of them instigated by Aliens. The eponymous villains of Mr Browser and the Space Maggots (1989) are for instance responsible for the environmental deterioration of planet Earth towards ...

Untamed Women

Film (1952). Jewell Enterprises, Inc/United Artists. Produced by Richard Kay. Directed by W Merle Connell. Written by George Wallace Sayre. Cast includes Mikel Conrad, Doris Merrick and Lyle Talbot. 70 minutes. Black and white. / During World War Two, US Air Force Officer Steven Holloway (Conrad) is found drifting on a raft in the Pacific ocean, in a weakened condition. In hospital Holloway is injected with a truth Drug by Air Force Dr Colonel Loring (Talbot), and gives an account of his ...

Chester, Michael

(1928-    ) US author of two Young Adult novels of sf interest, The Mystery of the Lost Moon (1961) and a Time Travel tale, The Shores of the Near Past (1986). Several of his titles, like his first book, Moon Trip: True Adventure in Space (1958) with William Nephew, are nonfiction you-are-there texts. [JC]

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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