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Bryning, Frank

(1907-1999) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Miracle in the Moluccas" as by Frank Cornish for Pocket Book Weekly in 1950; his employment as a senior editor for various journals hampered his writing career, which effectively ended in the 1950s, though he published some stories late in life, after his retirement in 1973. Two series – the Joan Buckley tales about a Telepath and the Vivienne Gale or Commonwealth Satellite Space Station tales about a woman ...

Hunt, Stephen

(1966-    ) Canadian author now in the UK who was involved with the online Newszine SFcrowsnest from 1991 to 2000; he publishes nonfantastic work as by Stephen A Hunt. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Strange Intervention of Sir WWW" in ProtoStellar #2 for 1991; his first novel, For the Crown & the Dragon (1993), set in an Alternate History version of the Napoleonic Wars, established an unpenetrating but attractive Equipoisal model for much of his ...

Smith, Eve

(?   -    ) UK author in whose first novel, The Waiting Rooms (2020), is set in a Near Future Dystopian world where – after an antibiotic crisis twenty years earlier marked by a sudden increase of bacterial immunity to Drugs – those over seventy are enclosed in the eponymous coercive Keeps, as because of their untreatable contagiousness they are in themselves a kind of Pandemic. A Technothriller plot gives some hope that a previously baulked cure ...

Nodaway, Max

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race tale, Rollo in Hawaii: A Tale of Thrilling Adventures, Amid Volcanoes, Fire Fountains and Tropical Wonderlands; Into which is Woven a Vivid Description of those Mystic Isles, Where Fire and Water have Built up a Delirium of Chaos and Beauty (1908). [JC]

MacGregor, Ellen

(1906-1954) US author of children's fiction, most notably the Miss Pickerell sequence beginning with Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (May 1950 Liberty Magazine as "Swept Her Into Space"; much exp 1951). Lavinia Pickerell, a highly adventurous New England spinster, finds herself travelling to Mars, Under the Sea, and elsewhere; her interest in these adventures is always focused on their scientific implications, and she learns a great deal about the theory and mechanics of Space Flight. Following the ...

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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