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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Bowker, Richard

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Side Effect" for Unearth in Summer 1977. His first novel, Forbidden Sanctuary (1982), treats a ticklish theological problem – whether an Alien whose possession of a soul is moot can claim sanctuary in a church – with due regard for the likely Roman Catholic view on the issue (see Religion). Replica ...

Thorpe, Fred

Pseudonym of Frank Albert Stearns (1854-1899), US dime novelist and author under his own name of two popular children's books based on the Arabian Nights, Chris and the Wonderful Lamp (1895) and Sindbad, Smith and Co (1896); he was the father of Edgar Franklin Stearns, who wrote as Edgar Franklin. As Thorpe he wrote many kinds of dime novel (see Dime-Novel SF), but was best known for marvel ...

DeFalco, Tom

(1950-    ) US Comics author, editor, and intermittently (he was fired twice) a senior executive with Marvel Comics. Most of his comics work of sf interest has been with Marvel, where he scripted the {Amazing Spider-Man} in 1984-1986 and 1995-1998, the {Fantastic Four} briefly with Roger Stern in 1987 and solo 1991-1996, and others. He was editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics 1987-1994. As an author of prose he has ...

Wylde, Thomas

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Target of Opportunity" in Galaxy for September 1974, and who continued to produce short fiction regularly for the next two decades, some of it Hard SF tinged with ironies. His novels have all been Ties: two tales in the Alien Speedway sequence, Roger Zelazny's Alien Speedway #2: Pitfall (1988) and ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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