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Sackville, Orme

Probably the pseudonym of an unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of several florid adventure novels, the first of which, The Curse of Amen-Tah (1933), may be of some interest. Of the remaining identified titles, all published in 1935, Jungle Goddess (1935) is of modest sf interest in its depiction of a female Tarzan who has been discovered in a remote African land; and The Island of Ghosts (1935) is set on a remote Pacific Island, where a Mad Scientist is ...

Faust, Joe Clifford

(1957-    ) US copywriter and author who began publishing sf with "The Jackalope's Tale" for Wyoming Rural Electric News in 1983. His first novel, A Death of Honor (1987), is an sf mystery set in a twenty-first century moderately displaced in the direction of Cyberpunk, where a Constitutional Amendment has entitled victims of crime to pursue the perpetrators; the mystery itself is worked out with extremely satisfying care. His second novel, The Company Man (1988), enters ...

Banks, Michael A

Pseudonym of US author and editor Alan Gould (1951-    ), who began publishing sf as Banks with "Lost & Found" for Asimov's in March/April 1978 with George Wagner, and who has since published at least forty-five stories, some as Alan Gould. His first books of sf interest were the nonfiction Understanding Science Fiction (1982), a primer plus anthology for teachers unfamiliar with the field, and Ultraheroes (1983), an sf interactive text for juveniles. His first sf novel ...

Island of Lost Souls

Film (1932). Paramount. Directed by Erle C Kenton. Written by Waldemar Young, Philip Wylie, based on The Island of Dr Moreau (1896) by H G Wells. Cast includes Richard Arlen, Kathleen Burke, Leila Hyams, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Bela Lugosi and Randolph Scott. 72 minutes. Black and white. / Though somewhat altered from the Wells original, and adding such Hollywood touches as a seductive Panther Girl, this memorable film incorporates much of the novel's moody atmosphere. A young man is ...

Harcourt, Glenn

(?   -    ) US author who collaborated with Carter Scholz (whom see for description) on his only sf publication, the novel Palimpsests (1984). [JC]

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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