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Science Fiction Theatre

US tv series (1955-1957). ZIV/WRCA-TV. Produced by Ivan Tors. Hosted by Truman Bradley. Technical adviser Dr Maxwell Smith. Two seasons, 78 25 to 26-minute segments. First season colour, second season black and white. / This anthology series presented a different sf play each week. In an attempt to appeal to an adult audience, the producers went out of their way to avoid the sensationalism so prevalent in the largely juvenile-oriented sf films of the period. Unfortunately the result was ...

Barry, Iris

(1895-1969) UK-born poet and author, in US from 1930; she lived with Wyndham Lewis for several years from around 1920, having two children with him. She was primarily a writer on film – D W Griffith: American Film Master (1940 chap) was published by the Museum of Modern Art in New York – and was also instrumental as an archivist for MOMA. In her sf novel, The Last Enemy (1929; vt Here Is Thy Victory 1930), involuntary Immortality afflicts humans in the south of England. [JC]

Wetmore, Claude H

(1863-1944) US author of several novels. Of sf interest is Sweepers of the Sea: The Story of a Strange Navy (1900), written with the assistance of Robert M Yost, in which two young Incans – from a Lost World where Incan science has evolved – resolve to create the United States of Incaland and to dominate the Southern Hemisphere as the USA does the Northern. With the aid of Incan lore and treasure they create a navy of impregnable ships armed with an array of new Weapons, defeat the ...

Walker, Paul

(1942-2007) US critic and author in whose sf novel, Who Killed Utopia (1980), the first murder to have taken place for a century brings suspicion upon the poet/Computer at the heart of things. Walker contributed book reviews to Galaxy in 1978, and in the same year published a collection of thirty-one sometimes very informative postal interviews, Speaking of Science Fiction: The Paul Walker Interviews (coll 1978). [JC]

Suspended Animation

The notion of suspended animation is one of the oldest literary devices in sf, by virtue of its convenience as a means of Time Travel into the future (see also Sleeper Awakes). It is used in Utopian romances like L S Mercier's Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred (trans 1772), Mary Griffith's Three Hundred Years Hence (in Camperdown, coll 1836; 1950) and Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888). It became somewhat more than a literary convenience in H G Wells's When the ...

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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