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Sully, Kathleen M

(1910-2001) UK author, active since about 1946, whose sf novel, Skrine (1960), is set sometime in a Ruined Earth Britain after World War Three, and describes the hegira of its initially solitary protagonist, who eventually becomes thought of as a healer in the village he arrives at; but conflict with the ruler of the village ends tragically. [JC]

Holloway, Emory

(1885-1977) US academic – winner of the 1925 Pulitzer Prize for a pioneering study of Walt Whitman (1819-1892) – who is of sf interest for a mild Satire, Janice in Tomorrow-Land (1936), which carries a version of Lewis Carroll's Alice figure into a modernistic Near Future, which she finds moderately bewildering. [JC]

Hossain, Rokeya Sakhawat

(1880-1932) Bengali activist, educator and author, born Roquia Khatun; her surname is also given as Hussain, and she was also known (and published) as Begama Rokeẏā, Rokeya Begum and Begum Rokeya Sakhaoyat Hossain. It has been suggested that she may have been born in 1877. She was fluent in several languages, but from the beginning of her career in 1902 wrote mostly in Bengali; her influential advocacy of education for women, and for women's rights in ...

Richardson, David J

(?   -    ) US author of The Star Dwarves Travesty (1994; vt The Star Dwarves Trilogy 1997), a Parody of the first three volumes (by real world chronology) of George Lucas's Star Wars film sequence, focusing more on puns and intermittent attempts at narrative hoopla. Sf spoofs based on funny name changes – Luke Skywalker ...

Elton, James

A House Name of the John Spencer and Co imprint Badger Books. The only sf title to appear under this byline was The Quest of the Seeker (1958) by W H Fear. [DRL/SH]

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 ...



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