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Hurwood, Bernhardt J

(1926-1987) US author of various sorts including detections and a very early manual on adjusting to the Computer age: Writing Becomes Electronic: Successful Authors Tell How They Write in the Age of the Computer (1986). He wrote and edited occult and horror titles for the Young Adult market, like Strange Curses (coll 1975) and By Blood Alone (1979); the Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. soft-porn quasithriller sequence as by Mallory T Knight, beginning with The Man from T.O.M.C.A.T. #1: The Dozen Deadly ...

Themerson, Stefan

(1910-1988) Polish-born film director, scriptwriter, photographer, publisher and author, active in Poland from 1928 as the author of at least ten children's books, and in the 1930s as a maker and producer of experimental films, in collaboration with his wife and lifelong creative partner Franciszka Themerson (1907-1988), through their founding of the Polish Filmmakers Cooperative; their short, extremely intense film Europa (1931) – an interpretation of Europa (1929 chap; trans Michael ...

Warren, B C

(?1859-?1952) US minister and author of a Lost Race tale, Arsareth: A Tale of the Luray Caverns (1893), where – as explicated in a frame story set in antebellum Virginia – a treasure trove unpacks the story of one the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, which settles (see Prehistoric SF) in ancient America. [JC]

Tales of the Talisman

US low-paying downloadable and print-on-demand letter-size Semiprozine published and edited by David Lee Summers at Hadrosaur Productions, Mesilla Park, New Mexico. The magazine is a direct successor to Hadrosaur Tales and appeared quarterly from Spring 2005 until publication ceased with volume 10 issue 4 (whole number #40) in Spring 2015. / Although the title suggests fantasy and magic Tales of the Talisman published stories covering the whole range of speculative fiction. Most issues ...

Smith, James Robert

(1957-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Things Not Seen" in 2 AM for Spring 1987, most of his short work being horror. His first novel, The Flock (2006), is a very Near Future action-heavy tale featuring the eponymous civilization of highly intelligent prehistoric birds, whose survival into the present in the backwoods of inland Florida has been made possible by its enormous care not to arouse the attention of its most feared predator, Homo ...

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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