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Williams, Zillah

(1934-    ) UK-born librarian and author, in Australia from her late childhood, most of whose work is for Young Adult readers, including The Doom Cloud (1982), whose young protagonist seems to have been drawn into another Dimension. [JC]

Walling, William

(1926-2021) US aerospace engineer, technical writer and fiction author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Rings on her Fingers" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for September 1970; further stories followed in the same magazine, in Galaxy and in Analog. In his first sf novel, No One Goes There Now (1971), a distorted human culture on a colony planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) finds itself confronting Aliens who will not abide our games of violence. The ...

Forrester, John

Pseudonym of US author Luke Wallin (1943-    ) whose work under his own name is either nonfantastic or nonfiction. He is of sf interest for the Young Adult Bestiary Trilogy beginning with Bestiary Mountain (1985), set partly on the Moon, a Dystopian state governed by a puritanical cadre, and partly in Ruined Earth venues. The young protagonists – most of the action focuses on twins, who are Telepathic – escape from their lunar domain, which includes at least one ...

New Writings in SF

Original-Anthology series begun in 1964 by John Carnell after he relinquished the editorship of New Worlds and Science Fantasy, though planned several months before he announced his departure, when Carnell believed the day of the fiction magazine was over in Britain and the future was in the paperback book. The UK paperback editions (all published by Corgi) sometimes preceded hardcover publication, and in the case of #30, the last in the series, there was no hardcover. The hardcover editions ...

Fantasy and Science Fiction

The often-used short form of the title of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, often referred to, in this encyclopedia and elsewhere, as F&SF. [PN] links / The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Galactic Central illustrated checklist

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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