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Cooney, Michael

(1921-    ) Irish author of two Near Future novels, Doomsday England (1967) and Ten Days to Oblivion (1968), which predict the dire consequences of allowing any relaxation of vigilance against the foe, which is in this case Communism. [JC]

Paul, Barbara

(1931-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Answer 'Affirmative' or 'Negative'" for Analog in April 1972, but who became much better known in the 1980s for her detective novels, of which she has written at least twenty; one of them, Liars and Tyrants and People who Turn Blue (1980), depends for its plot upon a psychic character. Earlier Paul wrote several sf novels – An Exercise for Madmen (1978), Pillars of Salt (1979), Bibblings (1979) and Under the Canopy ...

Sci Fiction

US Online Magazine or, perhaps more accurately, the fiction section of the Sci Fi Channel (see Television) website and not a separate magazine in its own right. Sci Fiction was edited by Ellen Datlow and featured a new story each week, plus sometimes an additional reprint story. It ran from 19 May 2000 to 28 December 2005. / Datlow's track record as fiction editor at Omni was already an assurance of good quality fiction, running the full range of speculative fiction rather than ...

Colgan, Jenny

(1972-    ) Scottish author who is of sf interest primarily for writing Ties for the Doctor Who universe, always as Jenny T Colgan or J T Colgan. Earlier, as Jenny Colgan or Beaton, she had begun her career with a number of romances, the first of these being Amanda's Wedding (2000). Her romantic supernatural tales include The Matchmaker (2009) and Uncross My Heart (2011 ebook). Resistance Is Futile (2015) as Jenny T Colgan, and Spandex and the City (2017) as Jenny T Colgan, ...

Sherriff, R C

(1896-1975) UK screenwriter, playwright and author, active from 1919. He is best known for his hit play, the nonfantastic Journey's End (performed 9 December 1928 Apollo Theatre, London: 1929), directed by James Whale, who also directed the 1930 film version; it remains the best-known play about World War One, in which Sherriff had served 1914-1917. He also wrote the screenplay for Whale's version of the The Invisible Man (1933) and for him as well co-wrote (uncredited) The Bride of ...

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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