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Claudy, Carl H

(1879-1957) US journalist (for the New York Herald) and author, principally of nonfiction on Masonic themes, photography and popular science; for some years he was the Washington correspondent of Scientific American, and he served as Executive Secretary of the Masonic Service Association from 1929 until his death. His first story was "Wanted – An Explanation" (14 May 1899 Washington Post), a ghost story. He became highly active in the ...

Vukcevich, Ray

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Rachel's Inheritance" in Pulphouse for Fall 1989, and who has remained prolific in short forms from that date, much of his work being darkly Equipoisal; his style has often been linked to that of Kelly Link (1969-    ), though unlike Link he uses sf topoi with some frequency in tales like "By the Time ...

McNeil, John

(1939-2004) UK entrepreneur, software developer and author of Little Brother (1983), a tale of sf Paranoia in which young children are ominously taken over by sinister Computers with rightwing agendas. [JC]


Working name of José Miguel Sánchez Gómez (1969-    ). Yoss, probably the most prolific and internationally known sf writer in Cuba, became known in sf circles in 1988, after winning the prestigious Cuban Premio David ["David Award"] for new, unpublished writers, in the sf category, with the collection Timshel ["Timshel"] (coll 1989). The collection, including such stories as "Historia de gladiadores" ["A Story of ...

Beverley, Barrington

Pseudonym used for two sf novels by Harry Leigh Pink (1906-1973), UK author who also wrote western and crime fiction under the working name Hal Pink; other pseudonyms were H Carson Marksman and Charles Van Horn. He was active in UK magazines (including The Passing Show) and US Pulps from 1925, and as a novelist from 1932 to 1941. The Beverley titles are The Air Devil (1934), which is as much ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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