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Kendall, John

Pseudonym of UK author Margaret Maud Brash (1880-1965), author of historical novels under her own name; Unborn Tomorrow (1933) as John Kendall, is a Dystopia set in a 1995 UK dehumanized and regimented under Communist rule; a revolution ensues. [JE] see also: Politics. /

Reese, Jenn

(1970-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Valkyrie" in Sword and Sorceress XVII (anth 2000) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley; many of her best stories were assembled as Tales of the Chinese Zodiac (coll of linked stories 2006 ebook); Jade Tiger (2006) is a martial arts fantasy. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Above World sequence beginning with Above World (2012), set many years after Overpopulation has induced large numbers of Genetically ...

Mason, Robert

(1942-    ) US author who became known for Chickenhawk (1983), a memoir of his stint as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He is of sf interest for the Solo sequence, which begins with Weapon (1989). Ostensibly a Technothriller, and filmed as such as Solo (1996) directed by Norberto Barba, it avoids the more restrictive implications of that term by concentrating on an AI; Solo, the Robot referred to in the title, learns more about being human in his Android body than about being ...

Meacham, Beth

(1951-    ) US author and editor, married to Tappan King from 1978. She worked first as an sf bookseller before joining Ace Books in 1981, where she developed the careers of Greg Bear, Orson Scott Card and Tim Powers, among others; she also discovered James P Blaylock and oversaw the revived Ace SF Specials. She left Ace for Tor Books in 1984, where as head of sf and fantasy she supervised the company's unusually large sf editorial staff and worked with authors like Card, ...

Ahern, Sharon

(1948-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with The Takers (1984) as Sharon A Ahern with her husband Jerry Ahern, opening the Takers trilogy of action-adventure novels in the Indiana Jones mode (see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), featuring quests for relics, Aliens, Atlantis and UFOs amid much gunfire. All this author's subsequent work is likewise in collaboration with Jerry Ahern, including standalone novels of which The Freeman ...

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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