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Sharkey, Jack

Working name of US playwright and author John Michael Sharkey (1931-1992) for all his sf, which he began publishing with "The Captain of his Soul" for Fantastic in 1959; he produced about fifty stories over the first five years or so of his career, including several in the 1960s for Galaxy on Ecology. His sf novels, including The Secret Martians (1960 dos) and Ultimatum in 2050 A.D. ...

Farncombe, Frank E

(1880-1929) UK author of two sf novels, both with Robert L Hadfield: the Near Future Ruled by Radio (1925), in which a "Z" Ray threatens radio-mediated world peace in 1930; and Red Radio (1927), in which similar conspiracies take even more convoluted twists. [JC/MA]

Terrill, Rogers

(1900-1963) House editor with Popular Publications who at various periods between 1933 and the early 1940s was editor-in-chief of the following Popular magazines: Dr Yen Sin, Dusty Ayres and His Battle Birds, G-8 and His Battle Aces, The Mysterious Wu Fang, The Octopus, ...

Brood, The

Film (1979). Mutual Productions/Elgin International. Written and directed David Cronenberg. Cast includes Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Cindy Hinds and Oliver Reed. 91 minutes. Colour. / In this Canadian film, the Somafree Institute of Psychoplasmics's pop psychologist Raglan (Reed), author of The Shape of Rage, is regarded with suspicion by Carveth (Hindle), whose wife Nola (Eggar) is a patient there. Gathering evidence against Raglan, ...

Byers, Sam

(1979-    ) UK author whose first novel Idiopathy (2013), though not literally fantastic, engages in edge-of-the-present, extremely funny Satirical assaults on the British Media Landscape, and on the chatterati's morganatic relationship with the Internet in general. His second novel, Perfidious Albion (2018), moves his focus forward, into a post-Brexit ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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