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Sohl, Jerry

Working name of US author and former journalist Gerald Allan Sohl Sr (1913-2002), active from about 1950 in sf and other genres as Sohl and under various pseudonyms, including Nathan Butler and Sean Mei Sullivan. He began publishing sf with The 7th Order (March 1952 Galaxy; 2010 ebook) and soon released The Haploids (1952), the first of several 1950s novels whose slick surface and sharp economy of scale marked him as a professional craftsman. These books include The Transcendent Man (1953), ...


Film (1976). American International Pictures. Directed by Richard T Heffron. Written by Mayo Simon, George Schenck. Cast includes Blythe Danner, Peter Fonda and Arthur Hill. 104 minutes. Colour. / An inferior sequel to Westworld (1973), set in the same theme park, Delos, Futureworld lacks the unity and impact of Michael Crichton's original film. In a newly built area of Delos, devoted to dramatizing the future, there are several diverting scenes irrelevant to the main plot, which is one of ...

Bringsværd, Tor Åge

(1939-    ) Norwegian author. Born in the small town of Skien, Bringsværd moved to Oslo to attend university, and there in 1966 met Jon Bing. They were both inveterate sf readers in a country where sf literally did not exist, and decided to do something about this sad state of affairs. In 1966 they founded the still-active Oslo University sf club, Aniara, and its Fanzine. In 1967, they made their joint debut as professional writers with a short story collection, Rundt ...

Frisbie, Henry S

(1863-1950) US author of an sf Utopia, Prophet of the Kingdom (1901). [JC]

Neill, A S

(1883-1973) UK educationist who gained fame for revolutionary theories about the teaching of children and who cofounded the International School – which operated initially on the Continent from 1921, then (from 1924) under the name Summerhill in the UK – to put them into practice. Fictionalized accounts like A Dominie's Log (1916) and its sequels popularized his arguments, and his sf novel, The Last Man Alive (1938), was read aloud to his pupils. The Disaster (see Last Man) it ...

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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