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Saxton, Josephine

(1935-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Wall" for Science Fantasy #78 in November 1965, and whose first three novels – The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith (1969), Vector for Seven: The Weltanschaung of Mrs Amelia Mortimer and Friends [sic] (1970) and Group Feast (1971) – established her very rapidly as an inventive creator of sf Fabulations. Each of these books presents narratives whose outcomes are more readable as allegories of their ...

Giambastiani, Kurt R A

(1958-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Supplanter" for Science Fiction Review in 1991, but who, after a few further stories, became best-known for his Fallen Cloud series of Alternate History Westerns set in the American West, and comprising The Year the Cloud Fell (2001), The Spirit of Thunder (2002), Shadow of the Storm (2003) and From the Heart of the Storm (2004). The sequence depicts a nineteenth-century America in which General Custer ...

West, Morris

(1916-1999) Australian author, in his early years a lay monk, and best known for novels like The Devil's Advocate (1959). The Shoes of the Fisherman (1963), filmed as The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), features the election of a Russian Pope at a point when World War Three threatens to erupt; in The Navigator (1976) a lost Island is found in the South Pacific, and a Utopian community is founded there; The Clowns of God (1981), a Near Future tale set at the end of the twentieth century, deals ...

Van Vorst, Bessie McGinnis

(1873-1928) US social reformer and author, mostly in France from around 1900, who usually wrote as Mrs John Van Vorst, but also as by Esther Kelly; her early nonfiction was mostly written in collaboration with her sister-in-law Marie Louise Van Vorst (1867-1936). She is of some sf interest for Magda Queen of Sheba: From the Ancient Royal Abyssinian Manuscript [for full title see Checklist below] (1907) as Mrs John Van Vorst, a Lost Race tale set in Africa, and featuring King Solomon as well. ...

Myers, John J

(1941-2020) US Catholic cleric, ultimately Archbishop of Newark 2001-2016, who collaborated with his friend (since childhood) Gary K Wolf on the short story "The Unhardy Boys in Outer Space" (in Amityville House of Pancakes, Volume 3, anth 2006, ed Pete S Allen) using the pseudonym Jehane Baptiste; the tale is set on the International Space Station. His second collaboration with Wolf, this time writing as Archbishop John J Myers, was the retro Space Opera Space Vulture (2008), written in ...

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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