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Foster, W Bert

(1869-1929) US author who specialized in the Dime Novel and several of whose Western tales were made into silent films; his sf of most interest – like "At Land's End" (May-November 1901 Argosy), a Near Future tale in which the Arctic is explored by airplane; and "When Time Slipped a Cog" (January-May 1905 All-Story), which combines ...

Porta, Antonio

Pseudonym of Italian poet and author Leo Paolazzi (1935-1989), whose sf novel, Il re del maggazino (1978; trans Lawrence R Smith as The King of the Storeroom 1992), follows the travels and ruminations of its dying protagonist as he traverses a distant Near Future Italy ravaged by Ecological degradation, a Dystopia in the last throes of terminal dissolution. At the end of the ...

Stewart, Bruce

(1927-2005) New Zealand Television scriptwriter, in UK from early 1960s; he is of sf interest for Timeslip (1970-1971), most of whose twenty-six episodes he wrote under the supervision of the series' originators, James Boswell and Ruth Boswell. Timeslip (1970), a Tie novelizing the first two multi-episode stories, was credited to Stewart but was in fact primarily written by James Boswell. ...

Morris, James

(?   -    ) UK author of The Escapist (2005), a Near Future thriller set in a Cyberpunk-tinted venue, which the street-wise hero has little real difficulty in negotiating as he tracks down a roge AI. [JC]

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Film (1982). Paramount. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Jack B Sowards, based on a story by Harve Bennett and Sowards. Cast includes the lead players from the Star Trek television series, along with Kirstie Alley, Bibi Besch, Merritt Butrick, Ricardo Montalban. 114 minutes. Colour. / This was the second (and very much cheaper) movie incarnation of Star Trek, the first ...

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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