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Keyes, J Gregory

(1963-    ) US author who also signs his books as by Greg Keyes; much of his early work [see Checklist] is primarily of fantasy interest, though the Age of Unreason sequence, comprising Newton's Cannon (1998), A Calculus of Angels (1999), Empire of Unreason (2000) and The Shadows of God (2001), is an Alternate History based on a premise – that alchemy works – that is fairly remote from sf, though the protagonist of the series, Benjamin Franklin, has the right ...

Miln, Louise Jordan

(1864-1933) UK author about whose identity there has been some confusion. Her surname has been spelled "Milne"; the British Library lists at least one of her books as by James Miln of Toronto; "Louise Jordan Miln" has been identified as a pseudonym of the British actor George Crichton Miln (1851-?   ), who was her husband. The truth is probably that she wrote the books signed with her name, and that she was otherwise known as Mrs George Crichton Miln. She is the author of several ...

Rein, Harold

(1926-2011) US author of an extremely grim Post-Holocaust novel, Few Were Left (1955), whose suicidal protagonist is trapped with others Underground, in the New York subway system, after the bomb has dropped. He fails, after several adventures, to escape. A Television version for Armchair Theatre broadcast 30 November 1958 as "Underground", was set under London. [JC]

DeMille, Nelson

(1943-    ) US author of several Technothrillers in collaboration – originally anonymously – with Thomas H Block. The collaboration is made explicit only in the revised version of Block's first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). These tales all hover at the edge of genuine sf; of these, two are of particular interest: the Near-Future Orbit (1982), in which a 3900mph (6275kph) airliner is gimmicked by saboteurs into flying into ...

Electra Woman and Dyna Girl

US juvenile tv series (1976). Created by Ken Spears, and Joe Ruby. Produced by Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for ABC-TV. Cast includes Norman Alden, Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. Directors included Walter C Miller, Jack Regas. Writers included Duane Poole, Dick Robbins. Eight 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Lori (Hall) and Judy (Strangis) – no last name is given for either – are magazine writers living in a modest ranch home in an unspecified US state, apparently in ...

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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