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Navarro, Yvonne

(1957-    ) US author, mostly of fantasy and urban fantasy (in its twenty-first century sense as a term describing supernatural fictions set in cities with romantic plots often involving Vampires, Werewolves and/or Zombies, but normally discounting sf-like rationalizations). She began publishing work of this sort of interest with "Surprise Fall" in the magazine The Horror Show for Spring 1984; her first novel, Afterage (1993; exp as coll 2003) is horror, as is most of her ...

Kent, Kelvin

Pseudonym used on the Pete Manx series in Thrilling Wonder Stories (1939-1944), individually by Arthur K Barnes (four stories) and Henry Kuttner (six stories), and on the two they wrote in collaboration: "Roman Holiday" (August 1939 Thrilling Wonder) and "Science is Golden" (April 1940 Thrilling Wonder). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Moore, Ward

(1903-1978) US author, married to Raylyn Moore from 1965 until his death; initially as well known for his works outside the sf field as for those within. Breathe the Air Again (1942) is a picaresque Satire, told from a leftwing workingman's viewpoint rarely expressed in America; and Cloud by Day (1957) comes close to Prediction in its depiction of a savage wildfire that devastates a town in California. Although he contributed only infrequently to the field, each of his books became something of ...

Dalcher, Christina

(?1968-    ) US theoretical linguist and author whose first novel Vox (2018) intensifies (if possible) the Dystopian nightmare of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (1985) through the depiction of a Near Future America where females are allowed to speak only 100 words a day; the penalties for disobedience are sadistic (see Crime and Punishment; Feminism; Women in SF). A certain allegorical thinness typical of Mainstream Writers of SF is both abandoned and affirmed in the ...

Goodchild, George

(1888-1969) UK thriller and adventure author and playwright. His first sf novel, The Eye of Abu (1927) as by Alan Dare, was an Atlantean (see Atlantis) Lost-World novel relating the discovery of the Fountain of Youth. As Goodchild he followed this with The Monster of Grammont (1927), marginally sf; The Emperor of Hallelujah Island (1930), about a kingdom of criminals; A Message from Space (26 March-17 September 1921 The Children's Newspaper, subtitled "A Thrilling Story of Flying Adventures ...

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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