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Ace Books

US paperback-publishing company founded by pulp-magazine publisher A A Wyn in 1953. Under editor Donald A Wollheim, Ace published a high proportion of sf, much of it in the "Ace Double" format of two titles bound together Dos-à-Dos: the first sf story to be published thus was Theodore S Drachman's Cry Plague! (1953 dos) in the volume with serial number D-13. The series included the first or early novels of many writers who became famous, such as John Brunner, Samuel R Delany, Philip K ...

Sheean, Vincent

(1899-1975) US journalist, traveller and author best known for nonfiction like An American Among the Riffi (1926); he witnessed the Nazi takeover of Prague, and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948). Of some sf interest is The Tide (1933), which traces the consequences of the Reincarnation of Jesus Christ in a small American city. [JC]

Innes, Hammond

(1913-1998) UK journalist and author of adventure novels whose protagonists are usually pitted against the natural elements, which are intensely imagined, as in his most famous title, The "Mary Deare" (1956); his later fiction tends to focus mostly on wildlife and the environment as a whole, in defence of both. He wrote nonfantastic children's adventure tales as by Ralph Hammond. Some of his early works contain fantastic elements, The Doppelganger (1936), his first novel, being a supernatural ...

Susann, Jacqueline

(1918-1974) US author most famous for her first novel, Valley of the Dolls (1966); her only sf is the posthumous Yargo (1979), which, written in the 1950s, tells the tale of a young woman abducted by a UFO actually trying to kidnap Albert Einstein; she falls in love with Yargo, the ruler of the planet Yargo (see Exogamy), but is sent off on Planetary Romance adventures elsewhere after she becomes unendurable. [JC]

Skinner, Gard

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel Game Slaves (2014) begins inside an extremely advanced Videogame featuring AI-run action stars, one of whom comes to consciousness within this frame. Her conviction that she is more than a Computer program, and that there is a world beyond the Virtual Reality she inhabits (see the film Matrix), the protagonist engineers an escape, finding herself no longer a Hero but a body floating in a tank. The world she and ...

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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