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Fratz, D Douglas

(1952-2016) US publisher, editor and book reviewer who was the founding editor of the energetic sf news and reviews journal Thrust (which see) in February 1973, initially published by the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society but with himself as sole editor and publisher from #7 dated Spring 1977; the first issue carried his only recorded work of fiction "The Giant Slayers". He renamed the magazine Quantum with #36 for Spring 1990, and continued as editor and publisher until the double ...

Grouling, Thomas Edward

(1940-    ) US author and academic whose sf novel, Project 12 (1962), deals with a realistically described though ultimately abortive attempt to launch a Spaceship. [JC/DRL]

Bigly, Cantell A

Pseudonym of US author George Washington Peck (1817-1859), author of a travel book, Melbourne, and the Chincha Islands; With Sketches of Lima, and a Voyage Round the World (1854) under his own name. His novel as Bigly, Aurifodina; Or, Adventures in the Gold Region (1849; vt Aurifodina; Or, Adventures in the Gold Region: A Fantastical '49er Novel 1974), is a Lost Race Satire set in an unknown region of California – the novel is the first by a native-born American to be set in California ...

Nance, John J

(1946-    ) US author of Orbit (2006), a near-space adventure set in the very Near Future, in which a passenger on an "adventure" Spaceship is left alone after a micrometeorite kills the pilot; his rescue is co-ordinated through an ironized drama of Communications, as the laptop Computer upon which he writes his seemingly dying thoughts is transmitting these thoughts online to millions back on Earth, where he becomes a celebrity. [JC]

Mendham, Clement A

(1859-1941) UK civil engineer and author of a Lost Race tale, A Buried Mystery (1898), in which an ancient settlement is discovered in South America; the protagonist lives there a while, soon finding a maiden sufficiently white to marry. [JC]

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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