UK editor, critic and writer who began publishing sf with "Clown Fish and Anemone" for Science Fiction Monthly in 1975. His fiction is generally unexceptional, though some stories - such as "Losing Control" (1989), about the crew of a crashed starship surviving by means ofincestuous marriage and a strange form of symbiosis with an ALIEN species - involve interesting and innovative ideas. CM's main contribution hasbeen as a critic, notably in The Shape of Futures Past: The Story of Prediction (1980), a comprehensive and valuable survey of pre-1945PREDICTIONS about the future. Future Man (1980) is a history of sf speculations on possible biological and behavioural changes in humanity.
   Other works: Fritz Leiber: A Bibliography 1934-1979 (1979 chap); Facts and Fallacies: A Book of Definitive Mistakes and Misguided Predictions (1981) with David LANGFORD; Dark Fantasies (anth 1989), collectingoriginal stories.
   See also: PSEUDO-SCIENCE.

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