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Shaub, Earl L

(1886-?   ) US author whose two novels of sf interest attempt to convey metaphysical lessons through genre conventions: the protagonist of Beyond Mars (1959) learns some central secrets of the universe on Mars; the eponymous protagonist of Noah's Daughter (1960) offers a more chthonic, more feminine wisdom. In both texts, God is of assistance. [JC]

Huntington, Charles

(?   -    ) US author, possibly a pseudonym, of the Space Probe 6 sequence of unremarkable Space Opera adventures comprising The Soul Stealers (1973) and Nightmare on Vega 3 (1973) [JC]

Severn, David

Pseudonym of UK author David Storr Unwin (1918-2010), a member of the Unwin publishing family; most of his work was for older children, beginning with Rick Afire! (1942), the first of several nonfantastic titles – the rick here in question being in fact a mundane hayrick – in the Crusoe sequence, which was followed by the Warners series, similarly nonfantastic, perhaps so designed to comfort readers living through World War Two and its aftermath. Severn's later fantasy and sf tales, ...

Jones, Gwyneth

(1952-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Felicia" (in Junior Winter's Tales, anth 1975, ed M R Hopkins), and who became widely known in the 1980s after she began to publish adult novels; over the reach of her career, however, most of her books have been juveniles, beginning with Water in the Air (1977), a fantasy; from Dear Hill (1980), she has written sf and fantasy almost exclusively; and from 1981 – with Ally, Ally, Aster (1981) as by ...

Wells, Robison

(1978-    ) US author whose Young Adult Variant sequence comprising Variant (2011) and Feedback (2012), set initially in a highschool that turns out to be a coercive Keep whose students/inmates are forced to enter into actions and conflicts whose entailments loosely evoke Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (1985); in the second volume, the protagonist finds himself in an expanded iteration – a small town full of the live and the seemingly dead – of the same dynamic. ...

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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