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Gu Junzheng

(1902-1980) Chinese author and translator whose handful of genre works represented the bulk, indeed almost all, Chinese sf published in the troubled 1930s, with the exception of Lao She's Maocheng Ji ["A Record of the City of Cats"] (1933; rev 1947; trans W A Lyell as Cat Country 1970). Gu was the son of a rice trader, and poverty curtailed his education after high school, although he subsequently became a primary school ...

Valliant, Paul

(?   -    ) US author whose Near Future thriller Copula Deception (2015) is set in New York. A stock market scandal, on investigation by the police-captain protagonist, proves to be a skin concealing dangerous Genetic Engineering, which in turn segues into American interventions in African states. [JC]

Pilgrim Award

Given at its annual summer conference since 1970 by the Science Fiction Research Association to a person who has made distinguished contributions to the study of sf, the Pilgrim is awarded normally for a body of work rather than for a specific book or essay, and has gone to both scholars and critics, academic and otherwise. Judging is by a committee of the SFRA, reconstituted each year. Recipients become Honorary SFRA Members; until 1990 ...

Malmont, Paul

(1966-    ) US copywriter in the advertising industry, Comics writer and author whose Alternate History sequence, the Pulp Heroes sequence, comprising The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril (2006) and The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown (2011), homages the world of Pulp magazines and Superheroes like ...

Woolfolk, William

(1917-2003) US Comics and Television writer and executive from 1941, and author who also wrote as by Winston Lyon. Most of his fiction, beginning with The Naked Hunter (1953), was nonfantastic. Batman vs the Fearsome Foursome (1966) as by Winston Lyon loosely novelized the film Batman (1966) (see Batman Films), the titular foursome being a team-up of regular ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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