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Armstrong, C Wicksteed

(1871-1963) UK author who worked for some years as a schoolteacher in South America; certainly alive in 1954, and perhaps in 1959 or later. His first sf novel, The Yorl of the Northmen, or The Fate of the English Race: Being the Romance of a Monarchical Utopia (1892) as by Charles Strongi'th'arm, envisions a feudal and Eugenics-dominated world partially modelled on the works of William Morris. Armstrong's second novel, Paradise Found, or Where the Sex Problem Has Been Solved (A Story from South ...

Wild, Wild West, The

1. US tv series (1965-1969). A Michael Garrison Production/CBS TV. Created by Michael Garrison. Producers Garrison, Fred Freiberger, Gene L Coon, Collier Young, John Mantley, Bruce Lansbury. Writers included Henry Sharp, John Kneubuhl, Ken Kolb, Ken Pettus. Directors included Paul Wendkos, Richard Donner, Irving Moore, Robert Sparr, Alan Crosland Jr, Marvin Chomsky. Four seasons; 104 50-minute episodes. First season black and white; colour thereafter. / An amusing, sophisticated and ...

Rich, Nathaniel

(1980-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Hermie" in I'm With the Bears (anth 2011) edited by Mark Martin. His first novel, The Mayor's Tongue (2008), a surreal fantasy involving intersecting quests in search of gnostically elusive figures, has been likened to the early work of Thomas Pynchon. His first sf novel, Odds Against Tomorrow (2013), is a Near Future tale set in New York after a great Disaster – the destruction of Seattle by ...

Stratemeyer, Edward

(1862-1930) US dime-novel entrepreneur (see Dime-Novel SF), a mass producer of boys' books who reportedly wrote 160 solo works, beginning with "Walter Drumm's Heroism" (1889 Young American), along with Dime Novels for Street and Smith as by Horatio Alger (1832-1899) after his death, Jim Bowie and Nick Carter; until coming to some kind of rest – it becomes hard to work out what he may have personally contributed to the firm – after founding the Stratemeyer Syndicate fiction factory ...

Appleyard, Bryan

(1951-    ) UK author whose sf novel, The First Church of the New Millennium (1994), conflates (not entirely with conviction) two forms of human aspiration: the building of a great new cathedral, and a manned mission to Mars. [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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