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Castletown, Lord

Title used for his fiction by UK author Bernard Edward Barnaby FitzPatrick (1848-1937); The Secret of the Lamas (1889), published anonymously, is an unremarkable Lost Race tale, set in a hidden City in Tibet whose savants are adepts at advanced Physics; the awkwardly couched tales in A Bundle of Lies (coll 1924) include a story about Atlantis rediscovered, and one in which civilization is threatened by a Yellow Peril. [JC]

MacArthur, David

(?   -    ) UK author of an sf novel for older children, The Thunderbolt Men: A Tale for Children (1947), a surprisingly archaic narrative in which two young protagonists discover a Mad Scientist on a remote Island who plans to destroy the world with his Inventions; but pluck wins the day. [JC]

MacBeth, George

(1932-1992) UK poet and author who contributed six poems to New Worlds from 1966 to 1969. The first of these, "Crab Apple Crisis" (October 1966 New Worlds), is a devastating reductio ad absurdum mapping of World War Three as a dispute between neighbours, organized in terms of the nuclear escalation ladder outlined by Herman Kahn. This appears with three other (non-New Worlds) MacBeth poems in the sf Poetry anthology Holding Your Eight Hands (anth 1969) edited by Edward Lucie-Smith. His novella ...

Willard, T A

(1862-1943) US inventor, musician, entrepreneur and author of two Lost Race tales. In The Wizard of Zacna: A Lost City of the Mayas (1929), an ancient man tells the narrator of his experiences as a youth in a lost world dominated by a blonde princess who enthrals him (see She), though a brunette princess truly loves him (which kills her). Bride of the Rain God: Princess of Chichen-Itza, the Sacred City of the Incas [for full subtitles for both titles see Checklist below] (1930) is a Club Story ...

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Film (1999). A Lucasfilm Ltd Production. Directed by George Lucas. Written by Lucas. Cast includes Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson and Natalie Portman. 133 minutes. Colour. / Although the work of a man in his fifties, The Phantom Menace is the most juvenile of the Star Wars films. The opening film in a prequel trilogy, the movie suffers from being a first act. Characters are introduced, future events are foreshadowed, but very little actually happens. The Phantom ...

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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