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Mole People, The

US film (1956). Universal-International Pictures. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Virgil W Vogel. Written by László Görög. Mole Creature masks by Jack Kevan. Cast includes John Agar, Frank Baxter (introduction only as narrator), Hugh Beaumont, Phil Chambers, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva and Cynthia Patrick. 77 minutes. Black and white. / The film begins with Dr Frank Baxter delivering a short speech on the Hollow Earth theories of John Symmes and others, ...

Oliver, Jerome

(1886-?   ) US author of Khan, Phantom Emperor of 1940 (1934), a Near Future tale in which a threatened world conflagration, as plotted by the eponymous aspirant to world domination (see Yellow Peril), is averted. [JC]

Bahnson, Agnew H, Jr

(1915-1964) US author, textile-machinery manufacturer and speculative thinker much involved in problems of Gravity; fittingly, his Near-Future political thriller, The Stars Are too High (1959), features a hoax in which fake Aliens with a real gravity-driven ship try to bring peace to the world. After his death in a plane crash, the University of North Carolina established the Agnew H Bahnson Professorship in Physics, whose recipients are funded for relatively short periods. [JC/PN]

Westlake, Donald E

(1933-2008) US author, mostly of detective novels and thrillers, often humorous, under his own name and under several pseudonyms, notably Richard Stark; he won three Edgar awards, including a Grandmaster award in 1993. He began publishing sf – always of secondary interest in his career, though never carelessly done – with "Or Give Me Death" in Universe Science Fiction for November 1954, and assembled much of his short work in The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution and Other ...

McNeil, John

(1939-2004) UK entrepreneur, software developer and author of Little Brother (1983), a tale of sf Paranoia in which young children are ominously taken over by sinister Computers with rightwing agendas. [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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