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Ohlson, Hereward

(1907-1955) UK author of the Thunderbolt Children's SF sequence comprising Thunderbolt of the Spaceways (1954) and Thunderbolt and the Rebel Planet: The Captain of the Spaceways Leads an Expedition to the Strange World of Pluvius (1954), both being undemanding Space Operas. [JC]

Morton, Frank

(1869-1923) UK-born author, in Australia for much of his life. The title story of The Angel of the Earthquake (coll 1909 chap), a Near Future tale in which, from the perspective of a narrator 1960, describes a great 1910 Disaster, in the form of a great earthquake, which destroys Wellington, New Zealand. In its wake, social upheaval generates a hopeful Utopia based on loving-kindness; the second tale, "Joy in Arcady", is a fantasy of the Afterlife [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links ...

Romero, John

(1967-    ) US Game designer whose first published work was Scout Search (1984 Capitol Ideas Software, AppleII), a simple two-dimensional game in which the player must protect cub scouts from a grizzly bear. His fame, however, rests on the early games developed by id Software, the company he founded in 1991 with the artist Adrian Carmack, the game designer Tom Hall and the highly talented computer programmer John Carmack (who was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts ...

Miller, Chuck

Working name of US publisher and anthologist Charles Franklin Miller II (1952-2015), sometimes bylined Charles F Miller. For his publishing activities see Underwood-Miller Inc. For his works – including several nonfiction Anthologies of writings on Stephen King and one on Jack Vance, all edited in collaboration with his Underwood-Miller partner Tim Underwood and discussed in the latter's entry – see Checklist below. [DRL/JC]

Coulton, Jonathan

(1970-    ) US singer-songwriter, whose prolific early work in 2005-2006 was particularly notable for its use of sf tropes in wistfully comic first-person songs about geek masculinity, especially in the EP Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow (2005). In "Better" the singer's girlfriend is slowly turning into a Cyborg; in "The Future Soon" a teenager fantasizes about a career as a robotically augmented Mad Scientist, "when the things that make me weak and strange get engineered ...

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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