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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Naked Jungle, The

Film (1953). Paramount. Directed by Byron Haskin. Produced by George Pal. Written by Philip Yordan and Franz Bachelin, based on the story "Leiningen Versus the Ants" (1937 as "Leiningens Kampf mit den Ameisen"; trans December 1938 Esquire) by Carl Stephenson. Cast includes William Conrad, Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. 95 minutes. Colour. / This film is not strictly sf, though it does follow the basic ...

Elwood, Roger

(1943-2007) US author and editor who published a large amount of nonfiction from about 1960, and began his main career, as editor, with a number of reprint Anthologies in the 1960s – though in fact those published under his own name were ghost-edited by Sam Moskowitz; those ostensibly in collaboration with Moskowitz or Vic Ghidalia were packaged by Elwood but not edited by him. Another ...

Wilson, Hazel

(1898-1992) US librarian and author, almost always for younger readers. She is best known for the Herbert sequence about adventures of a young lad whose careless parents allow him to get into pickles, beginning with Herbert (1950). Of some sf interest is Herbert's Space Trip (1955), where Herbert saves an Alien planet from disaster with the help of his Uncle Horace, who is resourceful, like most uncles in twentieth-century children's ...

Stelle, Dr Robert D

(1881-1952) US author of The Sun Rises: The Story of the Formation of the First and Greatest Civilization on This Earth as it Actually Occurred 70,000 Years Ago (1952), a narrative crudely definable as Prehistoric SF, but one whose depiction of the Lost World of Lemuria adheres with some fidelity to the history of the world as given in the doctrines of Theosophy. His doctorate seems ...

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 ...

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