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Serviss, Garrett P

(1851-1929) US journalist, amateur (but knowledgeable) astronomer and author who majored in science at Cornell University, then studied law, and only around 1874 entered journalism, achieving some fame, writing as the "Sun's Astronomer", for a column on Astronomy in the New York Sun between 1876 and 1892. At the end of 1897 he was commissioned to write an unofficial sequel to an equally unofficial 1897 US newspaper revision of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (book form 1898) which – in ...

Walkey, S

(1871-1953) UK author, active contributor of boy's stories to various journals from the early 1890s, with an emphasis on pirate tales, with hints of the supernatural that are normally rationalized; the Scarlet Pimpernel-like figure featured in the Jack-a-Lantern sequence is not the superman he seems (see Baroness Orczy). Walkey is of sf interest for In Quest of Sheba's Treasure: A Perilous Adventure by Land and Sea (28 August 1895-?? 1896 Chums; 1897), a tale set in the eighteenth century, when ...

Weiner, Andrew

(1949-2019) UK-born psychologist and author, in Canada after 1973, who began publishing sf with "Empire of the Sun" in Again, Dangerous Visions (anth 1972) edited by Harlan Ellison, but who became significantly active only in the early 1980s, with thirty stories released in that decade. About half of his work was assembled in Distant Signals, and Other Stories (coll 1989), "Distant Signals" (May/June 1984 Twilight Zone) itself being televised in the Television Anthology Series Tales from the ...

Palmer, Jessica

(1953-    ) US journalist and author of two fantasy series – Dark Lullaby and Renegade World, see Checklist for titles – and the Space Opera Factor sequence, comprising Random Factor (1994), Human Factor (1996) and Random Factor (1997), about a cruel war fought in interstellar space by opposing forces of Clones governed by a central AI, supposedly for the benefit of humanity; but the tables are soon turned, and Earth becomes a battlefield. [JC]


Film (1973). Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed and written by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Yul Brynner, Alan Oppenheimer, Linda Gaye Scott. 88 minutes. Colour. / Westworld is set in a Near Future enclave somewhere in the western deserts of America, where the Delos corporation has recently constructed a trio of interconnected theme parks, each inspired by a popular film genre: "WesternWorld" (only later in the film is this shortened to Westworld), ...

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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