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Tabori, Paul

Working (and later legal) name of Hungarian journalist, screenwriter, translator, broadcaster, literary agent and author Pál Tábori (1908-1974), brother of George Tabori, active in Hungary from as early as 1925 with A sárga selyem Turbán ["The Yellow Silk Turban"], a translation of an unidentified Jack London story. His early fiction, beginning with Új-Buda ["New Buda"] (1927 Berlin), seems exclusively non-fantastic, most of it comprising Young Adult tales ...

Gunn, James E

(1923-2020) US author, critic and teacher, born in Kansas City and educated at the University of Kansas, where he worked and taught – ultimately as professor of English and journalism and Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, now the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction – from 1958 to 2010, and where he remained Professor Emeritus until his death. Throughout his academic career, he published considerable sf criticism, beginning with excerpts from his MA ...

Kidd, Kathryn H

(1950-2015) US author of some non-fantastic comic novels set in the Mormon community and, with her husband Clark L Kidd, various nonfiction books of practical advice from a Mormon viewpoint. She collaborated with her friend Orson Scott Card on the first volume of Lovelock (1994) in the incomplete Mayflower sequence, concerning the dilemma of a monkey sufficiently educated to conceive of himself as a slave (see Apes as Human; Slavery). A second volume, «Rasputin», was projected but ...

Thomas, Leah

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shards" in Daily Science Fiction for April 2011; Because You'll Never Meet Me (2015), an epistolary Young Adult novel, one of whose protagonists is allergic to electricity, while the other requires a pacemaker to control his cardiomyopathy; the two gradually discover that there is a Genetic Engineering link between them. [JC]

Thomas, D M

(1935-    ) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in early Poetry like "The Head-Rape" (March 1968 New Worlds); "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March/April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth 1982, edited by Steve Rasnic Tem). The Devil and the Floral Dance (1978) is a juvenile fantasy; his first adult novels ...

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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