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Elms, Alan C

(1938-    ) US psychologist, academic and author, whose professional interest in the nature of biography is most fully expressed in Uncovering Lives: The Uneasy Alliance of Biography and Psychology (1994), where he argues that a sensitive multi-disciplinary approach to psychobiography can be fruitful. Sf writers examined include Isaac Asimov, L Frank Baum, John W Campbell, B F Skinner (peripherally), Cordwainer Smith (pseudonym of Paul Linebarger) and Jack Williamson ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ), presumably UK, of the spoof lectures assembled as The Sorrows of Jupiter (coll 1904), in which fantasy – the old age of the Greek gods – is intermixed with light doses of sf: Mercury, according to George Locke, has electrified sandals; and at least one attendant civilization has descended from smart apes. [JC]

Sandoz, Maurice

(1892-1958) Swiss author and composer who earned a PhD in chemistry but devoted himself to the arts. His fiction often included elements of Horror and sometimes bordered on the fantastic and surreal (see Fantastika). Of primary interest is his novel The Maze (1945), evidently based on the legend of a monstrous heir of Scotland's Bowes-Lyon family kept hidden in a secret room in Glamis Castle. The novel, set in the fictitious Craven's Castle, is superficially a Gothic SF mystery, and posits the ...


US tv series (1995-2000). Created by Traci Tormé and Robert K Weiss for Fox and The Sci Fi Channel. Producers include Tormé, Weiss, Chris Black, and Paul Cajero. Directors include Richard Compton, David E Peckinpah, Jerry O'Connell, and Reza Badiyi. Writers include Tormé, Weiss, Scott Smith Miller, and Tony Blake. Cast includes Jerry O'Connell as Quinn Mallory (seasons 1-4), Sabrina Lloyd as Wade Welles (seasons 1-3), John Rhys-Davies as Professor Maximilian Arturo (seasons ...

Butcher, William

(1951-    ) US academic and translator, in Hong Kong from 2005; through his career he has focused very heavily on the work of Jules Verne, both as critic and translator. He is a strong and knowledgeable student of that author, and as his Jules Verne inédit: les manuscrits déchiffrés ["The Unpublished Jules Verne: The Manuscripts Deciphered"] (2015) demonstrates, is deeply familiar with the tangled manuscript evidence; here and elsewhere he vividly ...

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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