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Hardy, Jason M

(?   -    ) US author of some Ties connected to the Battletech Wargame, beginning with MechWarrior: Dark Age: The Scorpion Jar (2004); he has also contributed Shadowrun: Drops of Corruption (2006) to the Shadowrun world. [JC]

Flying Saucer Mystery, The

Documentary film (1950; exp 1952). Telenews. No producer, director or screenwriter named. Cast includes Admiral Calvin Bolster USN and Donald E Keyhoe; those added in the re-release include General John A Samford and Frank Scully. Approximately 9½ minutes; re-release 12+ minutes. Black and white. / Lost for decades until it resurfaced in the 1990s, this may be the first ever documentary about UFOs – apparently produced as a filler to be shown between full-length Cinema ...

Parker, E Frank

(?   -    ) UK industrial research chemist, editor of the Fanzine Beyond, and author of a short Space Opera, Girl in Trouble (August 1943 Beyond as "The Stolen Spaceship"; 1944 chap). [JC]

Hay, William Delisle

(1853-?   ) UK author and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, in New Zealand for some years, and known for writings on New Zealand matters, including Brighter Britain!; Or, Settler and Maori in Northern New Zealand (1882 2vols). His first sf tale, The Doom of the Great City; Being the Narrative of a Survivor, Written A.D. 1942 (1880 chap), retains interest for the vividness with which it presents three central topoi of the Death-of-the-City subgenre: the jeremiad in which ...

Dane, John Colin

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel Champion (1907) is narrated by a sentient car (see Machines), which or who recounts various adventures among humans, following a tradition – begun as early as Tobias Smollett's The History and Adventures of an Atom (1769 2vols) – that generates opportunities for Satire, vicarious Sex, picaresque adventures. [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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