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Mikes, George

(1912-1987) Hungarian author born Mikes György, in UK from 1938, naturalized 1946. He was a successful journalist in Hungary from 1933, and came to the UK in his professional capacity, remaining in London because, as he was Jewish, it would have been suicide to return. His work is various, mostly nonfiction, often slyly comical; his only work of any sf interest is Down With Everybody!: A Cautionary Tale for Children Over Twenty-One, and Other Stories (coll 1951), which spoofs Near Future ...

Wyatt, Horace

(1876-1954) UK author, almost exclusively on cars and the motoring industry; his spoofish Satire, Malice in Kulturland (1914 chap), bases its mild deprecations (uttered just as World War One begins) on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland books, with W Tell's illustrations executed in the mode of the recently deceased John Tenniel (1820-1914). Wyatt is at his sharpest in his references to a character named Blonde Beast, a figure clearly prepared to commit atrocities on behalf of the Nietzschean ...

Wharton, William

Pseudonym of US painter and author Albert William du Aime (1925-2008), mostly in Paris from about 1960. Though his real name was known for many years, it was not revealed publicly until late in life, so that his pseudonymous writing career could be conducted separately from his career as a painter. Best known for Fabulations with a Magic-Realist colouring, like Birdy (1979) and Dad (1981), he moved gradually into tales whose resolution depends upon their being read as Fantasy. In A Midnight ...

Deas, Stephen

(1968-    ) UK mathematician and author, mostly of Young Adult fantasy in his early career, including the Adamantine Palace sequence beginning with The Adamantine Palace (2009) and the shorter Thief-Taker's Apprentice sequence beginning with The Thief-Taker's Apprentice (2010). Of sf interest is Elite: Wanted (2014) with Gavin G Smith, writing together as Gavin Deas, a Tie to the Massively Multiplayer Online Game Elite Dangerous, which is Space Opera. / The Empires ...

Steber, A R

A House Name initially used 1938-1945 in the Ziff-Davis magazines, mostly in Amazing Stories. The primary user was Raymond A Palmer, once in collaboration with Joseph J Millard and once with John Russell Fearn writing as Thornton Ayre; the first Steber story, by Palmer solo, was "The Blinding Ray" (August 1938 Amazing). Later, from 1950, Palmer's friend Rog Phillips used it in Other Worlds. There is no substance in the anagram-inspired suggestion that Alfred Bester might have used the name; ...

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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