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Olan, Susan Torian

(1947-1999) US author whose The Earth Remembers (1990) is a cagily written example of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink variety of Post-Holocaust fiction. Taking the form of a Western set along the Texas-Mexico border, the tale features Mutants, Amerindians and nuclear devices along with the usual protagonists and antagonists. [JC]

van Dresser, Peter

(1909-1983) US ecology pioneer and Rocket experimenter who also wrote sf, with eight stories published in the 1930s, though his contribution is now almost forgotten since only one was in a genre magazine. He was editor of Astronautics, Journal of the American Rocket Society, a member of their Experiment Committee, and one of a number of authors who pledged a portion of their story earnings to the Experiment Fund. He performed his own experiments; his papers from that period are in the ...

Edelman, Maurice

(1911-1975) Welsh politician, Labour member of Parliament from 1945 to 1975, and author in various genres, whose A Call on Kuprin (1959) sets a strongly conceived drama of Near Future science and politics in Russia; as a play, it had a successful Broadway run in 1961. [JC]

Gardner, Maurice B

(1905-1977) US machinist for a Maine railroad and author of the Bantan series of novels, set on a South Pacific Island, but directly influenced by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose Tarzan books he began reading at an early age; the series, whose sf content is borderline, begins with Bantan, God-Like Islander (1936; vt Bantan of the Islands 1957), includes a Lost Race in Bantan Primeval (1961), and ends with The New Adventures of Bantan (coll 1977). [JC]

Byers, Edward A

(1939-1989) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Painway" in Analog for April 1979; none of his stories have been collected. His two novels are both Hard SF Space Operas with an emphasis on wide-screen action. In The Long Forgetting (1985), an Alien civilization imposes a light-years-wide Amnesia- generating quarantine on Homo sapiens, generating in time a hard-earned fightback. The eponymous Stargate in The Babylon Gate (1989) is transformed by its owners into a Weapon ...

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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