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Skinner, Ainslie

Pseudonym used by US-born crime author Paula Gosling (1939-    ), resident in the UK since the 1960s, for her sf novel Mind's Eye (1980; vt The Harrowing 1981), which convincingly (and often movingly) depicts the scientific testing of a girl possessed of ESP and the realization of the consequences of the fact that this power is transferable to others. [JGr/JC]

Alton, Andrea I

(1946-    ) US author whose Demon of Undoing (1988), set on a planet dominated by a cat-like Alien civilization, describes the initially uneasy but ultimately effective rapport between a crippled member of Clan Fen and the human Sig, a surviving member of an expedition whose long-ago impact on the rigidly honour-bound stratified Inkairans had been destabilizing, and who are now remembered as the Demons of Undoing. Sig soon demonstrates how wit can trump brawn. / Alton ...

Bettersworth, Alexander Pitts

(1830-1903) US author whose anonymous The Strange Ms by _______ MD (1883) presents a manuscript, seemingly composed in 1881, which predicts a worldwide Disaster in a very Near Future 1884, when a Comet strikes the earth, creating vast fire storms, shifting the world's axis, melting the polar ice, eliminating almost all humans. A few survivors trek north to Canada, where they hope to mate and start civilization off again. [JC]

Fallaw, L M

(1908-1990) US author of whom little is known beyond his receipt of a 1929 English BA from Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina) and 1931 MA from Stanford University, California. His two-book Ugglians sequence, comprising The Ugglians (1956 chap) and Second Book of Ugg: The Ugglians at Large (1959), contains some fairly sharp sf Satire based on the arrival in America of Ugg the First from his African kingdom, intending to convert the heathen to his own, self-created Religion. [JC]

Glyn Jones, Richard

(1946-    ) British illustrator, publisher, and anthologist; Americans often assume incorrectly that Glyn is his middle name and Jones his last name. He graduated from Sheffield University and went on to postgraduate work in experimental psychology. With no formal art training, he began his illustrating career with underground Comic strips before becoming, along with Mal Dean, the most important artist for New Worlds under the editorship of Michael Moorcock. He was designer ...

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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