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Nissenson, Hugh

(1933-2013) US author most of whose work concentrated on Jewish themes, usually centring on New York. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Mission" (December 1964 Playboy), but his interest in sf was never direct, and only with his sixth work of fiction, The Song of the Earth (2001), did he return fully to the field; the tale is set in the Near Future, around 2050, when well-off Americans lead their lives enclosed in armoured Keeps. Nissenson makes it clear, by naming streets ...

Kneen, Krissy

(1968-    ) Australian bookseller, film and television director, screenwriter and author. In An Uncertain Grace (2017) a young woman intensely focused on recreating the night she lost her virginity (see Sex) invents a Virtual Reality immersion device. Her seducer, a teacher who had made questionable use of the power of his position, is forced to wear this suit, and to come to a better understanding of what they had shared, what he had inflicted. Wintering (2018), set in a ...

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 ...

Swayne, Martin

Pseudonym of Scottish-born UK psychiatrist and author Henry Maurice Dunlop Nicoll (1884-1953), who otherwise wrote as Maurice Nicoll; he served through World War One as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps at Gallipoli and elsewhere. Some of his stories – like "The Sleep Beam" (March 1918 Strand), in which the eponymous Ray stops the Germans from sleeping and thereby they surrender, and "The Whistling" (October 1918 Lloyd's Magazine), in which it may be something like Gaia making the ...

Elliot, John

(1918-1997) UK author, primarily for television, who collaborated with Fred Hoyle on two serials, A for Andromeda and The Andromeda Breakthrough, and the subsequent novelizations under the same titles (1962 and 1964 respectively). He is not to be confused with the John Elliott (note different spelling) who wrote the anti-Chinese/Soviet political thriller Dragon's Feast (1970), itself a work of borderline sf. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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