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Stevens, David

(1937-    ) UK author of Sunset and Morning Star (1976), a Satire for the Young Adult market; the tale is set on a strange planet where a modified topsy-turvydom operates, with the fattest person on the planet being elected its ruler, and "thins" treated as slaves. [JC]

De Wailly, Gaston

(1857-1943) French playwright and author, who sometimes signed as Commandant G de Wailly; though his dramas have been generally forgotten, his several sf novels, all cast in a Vernian mode (see Jules Verne), are of some interest. The most successful may be Le Meurtrier du globe (feuilleton format 15 May-23 October 1910 Journal de Voyages as by Commandant G de Wailly; 1925; trans Brian Stableford as The Murderer of the World 2015), planet Earth is a Living World at risk of destruction at the ...

Transhuman Space

Role Playing Game (2002). Steve Jackson Games (SJG). Designed by David Pulver. / Transhuman Space uses an adapted version of the GURPS mechanics to depict a richly realized twenty-second century in which humanity has colonized the solar system, while simultaneously splintering into multiple sub-species which have been variously improved or adapted to extraterrestrial environments (see Pantropy). Nonhuman intelligences such as partially mechanical "bioroids", Uplifted animals and self-aware ...

Grainer, Ron

(1922-1981) Australian-born composer and musician, resident in the UK from the 1950s. Grainer's most enduring work is the theme to the BBC TV series Doctor Who (1963-current), created in collaboration with Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He also composed the themes for the television shows The Prisoner (1967-1968) and Joe 90 (1968-1969), as well as the soundtrack for the film version of Leonard Wibberley's The Mouse on the Moon (1963). His score for The Omega Man (1971), ...

Platt, Charles

(1945-    ) UK-born author and editor, in the USA from 1970; he was born Charles Michael Platt but legally abandoned his middle name on becoming a US citizen; he has also published as by Aston Cantwell, Robert Clarke, Charlotte Prentiss and Blakely St James; married to Nancy Weber (see Lindsay West) 1977-circa 1980. Initially active in sf Fandom, writing Fanzines during this early 1960s period, he began publishing sf with "One of Those Days" for the December 1964-January ...

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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