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(1971- ) Puerto Rico-born author and cultural critic who directs the Centro de Lenguas y Culturas Modernas de la Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and the Heart of Gold Films production. He became a relevant figure in the Hispanic Caribbean when his short-story collection Historias tremendas ["Tremendous Stories"] (coll 1999), was declared Best Book of ...
(1819-1900) UK balloonist, editor and author; working under the name Henry Wells he was founder and editor of The Balloonist; Or, Aerostatic Magazine in 1845, which lasted only until 1847. His interest in piloting Balloons extended, through at least one dangerous crash, until his retirement from flying in 1885. Of some sf interest is A Knight of the Air; Or, the Aereal Rivals (1895) in which flight is achieved, not through an advanced balloon, ...
Lindelof, O J S
(1852-1917) US author of A Trip to the North Pole; Or, the Discovery of the Ten Tribes, as Found in the Arctic Ocean (1903), a Lost Race tale in which (as per subtitle) the Lost Tribes of Israel are discovered inhabiting an Archipelago (see also Islands) at the North Pole, where they have become beautiful of countenance and possessed of advanced Technology; ...
Garver, Ronald G
(1938- ) US author known only for one, slightly inflamed, but otherwise unremarkable sf novel featuring UFOs: The Saucer People (1957). [JC]
Shiras, Wilmar H
(1908-1990) US author whose first novel, Slow Dawning (1946) as by Jane Howes, was not sf or fantasy. She began publishing sf with "In Hiding" for Astounding in November 1948, the first of several stories assembled as Children of the Atom (stories November 1948-March 1950 Astounding; fixup 1953). The narrative concerns a number of radiation-engendered child geniuses (see Superman) who ...
(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 ...