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Mohamed, Premee

(1981-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Adventurer's Wife " in She Walks in Shadows (anth 2015) edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R Stiles. Designed for a Young Adult market, her Beneath the Rising sequence, an Alternate History series beginning with Beneath the Rising (2020) Equipoisally exposes its young protagonists – one of whom has invented a new Power Source – to dark forces and greedy elder gods (see Cthulhu ...


With sf/fantasy long a subject for academic study, especially in the USA, many major institutional collections have been built up, a process which has supplemented but in no sense supplanted the large number of private collections amassed by fans and scholars. From the first, Genre SF has tended to be published in formats significantly (and foolishly) slighted in the accession policies of every category of institutional library – from university libraries to libraries of record like the ...

Bischoff, David F

(1951-2018) US author who began publishing sf with "The Sky's an Oyster; The Stars are Pearls" for Perry Rhodan #66 in March 1975, and who quickly established himself as a versatile and adaptable novelist, though his practice of working in collaboration tended unfairly to muffle any sense that he had, in his own right, either a distinctive style or concerns which could be thought of as personal. His first novel, The Seeker (1976) with Chris Lampton, is in this sense typical, for there is ...

Wilson, Robert

(?   -    ) US author whose Science Fantasy tale Tentacles of Dawn (1978) is set mostly in a terrifying Underground world, from which its protagonist – who may have been transported there via Time Travel – eventually escapes (see Pocket Universe). [JC]

Mannes, Marya

(1904-1990) US author, features editor and journalist, often on Feminist themes. Her first novel, Message from a Stranger (1948), is an afterlife fantasy. In her sf Satire They (1968), the USA is taken over by the under-30s, who determine that everyone must retire by the age of 50, live in segregated Keeps, and undergo euthanasia by the age of 65. [JC/PN]

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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