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Benét, William Rose

(1886-1950) US anthologist, editor, poet and author, brother of Stephen Vincent Benét; most famous as editor for founding in 1924 and editing until his death the Saturday Review of Literature, and for The Reader's Encyclopedia (1948; often revised). He is of modest sf interest for The Flying King of Kurio: A Story for Children (1926), a portal fantasy whose protagonists enter a secondary world unusually high in Technology, including an Airship. [JC]

Cowan, Frank

(1844-1905) US newspaper editor and author whose Revi-Lona: A Romance of Love in a Marvelous Land (1879), is a Parody of the Lost Race novels so popular in the late nineteenth century. It is set, like many of them, in a clement enclave at one of the poles (in this case Antarctica), where a council of matriarchs falls under the narrator's sexual sway (he sleeps with the entire 25-strong governing council). The results are syphilis and suicide, death and disaster and the escape of the hero (at ...

Lyle, Eugene P, Jr

(1873-1962) US journalist and author, whose The Great War of 1938 (September 1918 Everybody's Magazine; 1918 chap) predicts with unusual accuracy the onset of World War Two, though its propagandist thesis for readers in September 1918 – that Germany would take advantage of any weak peace terms laid down after its coming defeat in World War One – was very wide of the mark. An earlier nonfiction piece, "The Advance of Wireless" (February 1905 World's Work), was also surprisingly ...

Green, Roger Lancelyn

(1918-1987) UK scholar, critic, translator (from classical Greek) and author, with a special interest in Fantasy, much of his fiction comprising retellings of traditional material for young readers. Tellers of Tales (1948) [for expansions of this title see Checklist below] is an invaluable early companion to this literature. He was a member of the Inklings group. Among his many works those most relevant to sf studies concern his university tutor, C S Lewis: C.S. Lewis (1963) and C.S. Lewis: A ...

Invisible Boy, The

Film (1957). Pan/MGM. Directed by Herman Hoffman. Written by Cyril Hume, based on "Invisible Boy" (23 June 1956 Saturday Evening Post; vt "The Brain Child" in Tomorrow's Gift, coll 1958) by Edmund Cooper. Cast includes Philip Abbott, Diane Brewster, Richard Eyer and Harold J Stone. 90 minutes. Black and white. / In this well-written and well-made Children's SF film, a ten-year-old boy (Eyer) assembles a Robot from pieces brought back from the future by a time-traveller (see Time Travel), ...

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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