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Cass, De Lysle Ferrée

(1887-1973) US author who published fairly widely in American Pulp magazines of the early twentieth century, mostly concentrating on fantasy, and beginning with "Oahula the Carnivorous" (March 1913 All-Story). Of sf interest is his authorship of the eighth of the Airship Boys sequence, The Airship Boys in the Great War; Or, the Rescue of Bob Russell (1915) as by H L Sayler, Sayler (who had written the previous seven) having died in 1913 (see Airship Boys; Sequels by Other Hands; Ties). He is of ...

James, P D

(1920-2014) civil servant and author whose detective novels, beginning with Cover Her Face (1962) and generally featuring Commander Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, comprise a literate, conservative, elegiac but tough-minded defence of traditional English civility, a vision darkened by the fact that the austere, deeply intelligent Dalgliesh is agnostic, and the England he defends is self-damaging. The hints of a high-tech sabotage of a coastal nuclear plant in Devices and Desires (1989) does ...

Stingray

UK tv series with animated puppets (1964-1965). AP Films with ATV/ITC. Created Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Produced by Gerry Anderson. The writers were the Andersons (3 episodes), Alan Fennell, Dennis Spooner. 39 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The third of the SuperMarionation puppet sf series for children (see Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for details) and the first in colour, Stingray was also one of the better examples. Handsome but irascible Troy Tempest pilots the atomic submersible Stingray ...

Sher, Antony

(1949-    ) South African-born actor and author, mostly in UK from 1968; of his four novels, The Feast (1998) incorporates sf elements into a complexly Equipoisal narrative set in an unnamed Near Future African state after its brutal dictator has been deposed and (seemingly) killed. This profound disruption to the reality structure of the fragile state causes literal convulsions in the Perception of reality, which sometimes oppresses with a Magic Realist clarity, but ...

Schmidt, Bryan Thomas

(1969-    ) US author who has written sf from a Christian point of view (see Religion), as in his major work to date, the Saga of Davi Rhii comprising The Worker Prince (2012), Rivalry on a Sky Course: A Davil Rhii Story (2012 ebook) and The Returning (2013), whose female protagonist vigorously copes with traditional Space Opera trials, but whose faith remains undiminished. Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter: Land of Legends (2013) is an Alternate History tale for younger ...

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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