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Hertzka, Theodor

(1845-1924) Austrian economist and author of the influential socialist Utopia, Freiland: Ein Sociales Zukunftsbild (1890; trans Arthur Ransom – clearly not the writer and translator Arthur Ransome – as Freeland: A Social Anticipation 1891) and its sequel, Eine Reise nach Freiland (1893; trans anon as A Visit to Freeland, or The New Paradise Regained 1894; rev vt A Trip to Freeland 1905). These offer little in the way of fictional pleasures in the portrayal of unstressed existence in ...

Rud, Anthony

(1893-1942) US author and Pulp-magazine editor whose first story seems to have been "The October Blight" for The Green Book Magazine in March 1918. He contributed sf to Weird Tales, The Blue Book Magazine, Thrilling Wonder Stories and others; typical of this work is his first Weird Tales story "Ooze" (March 1923 Weird Tales). He is best known for the Sax Rohmer-esque fantasy The Stuffed Men (1935), which describes the unpleasant effects of a fungus ("ciliated zoospores") that grows within the ...

Szafran, Gene

(1941-2011) American artist. After attending Detroit's Art School of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Szafran worked as an artist in that city until he moved to New York City in 1967 and began receiving some high-profile assignments, including album covers for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Rhinoceros and artwork for magazines like Playboy and Cosmopolitan. He began producing sf book covers in 1970, usually featuring stylized human figures: one early cover of note, for the 1970 paperback ...

Daniel, Mark

Working name of UK author Mark Daniel Fitzgeorge-Parker (1954-    ) whose first novel, The Laughing Man (1984), is a political thriller set in the Near Future with little or no speculative content; Chocky's Challenge (1986) is a tie to Chocky's Challenge (1986 6parts), a Thames Television sequel to John Wyndham's Chocky (March 1963 Amazing; exp 1968). [JC]


Canadian-American tv series (2000-2005; vt Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda US). Tribune Entertainment and Fireworks Entertainment. Created by Robert Hewitt Wolfe from an idea by Gene Roddenberry. Producers include Wolfe, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Kevin Sorbo, Robert Engles, and Karen Wookey. Writers include Wolfe, Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz, Matt Kiene, Joe Reinkemeyer, Larry Barber and Paul Barber. Directors include Jorge Montesi, Allan Eastman, Richard Flower, David Winning, and Peter DeLuise. ...

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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