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Schmid, Susan Maupin

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Lost Time (2008), which is set on another planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), traces the plight of its young protagonist, for the disappearance of her archaeologist parents is tied to the past of the conquered world, to the time-travelling (see Time Travel) aboriginal Croon, and to the other Aliens who inhabit it. The story is complicated, but is at point diffuse. [JC]

Charbonneau, Louis

(1924-2017) US journalist and author who also wrote nonfantastic Westerns as by Carter Travis Young; after writing some radio plays at the end of the 1940s, he worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times (1952-1971), beginning to publish sf novels with No Place on Earth (1958), about a coercive Dystopia. He produced sf for several years thereafter, publishing: Corpus Earthling (1960), about invading telepathic Martian parasites (see Mars) who eventually pass on their ESP powers to mankind; ...

Forever Magazine

US sf and fantasy monthly Online Magazine, published in Ebook form and edited by Neil Clarke as a companion to Clarkesworld. It began in February 2015 and usually features a novella each issue supported by two short stories and, for the first fifteen issues, by an interview with the author of the novella.. Stories are selected from a variety of print and online sources, usually from within the last few years and seldom older than twenty years. It provides readers with a useful background in ...

Burke, Jonathan

Working name for most of his sf of UK author John Burke (1922-2011), who wrote sf and fantasy under his own name (much of his short sf is so signed) as well as J F Burke and Robert Miall, and who used various other pseudonyms for non-fantastic work. He was active in Fandom in the 1930s (see The Fantast; The Futurian; The Satellite), only beginning to publish sf proper with "Chessboard" for New Worlds in January 1953. Prior to this he had made an early sale to Tales of Wonder with "Before the ...

Vision of Tomorrow

Australian/UK magazine, monthly, A4-size, twelve issues, August 1969 to September 1970, published by Ronald E Graham (1908-1979), an Australian businessman and sf enthusiast; edited by Philip Harbottle from the UK. The magazine was printed on good quality coated paper stock, but to call it a Slick magazine would be stretching the definition. Nevertheless the production and presentation, carried out almost single-handedly by Harbottle, was neat and clean. The magazine's content was in stark ...

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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