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Sayler, Harry Lincoln

(1863-1913) US journalist and author, exclusively of stories for young readers, those of greatest interest being three series involving aviation. Of perhaps most sf interest is the first – Airship Boys sequence beginning with The Airship Boys; or, The Quest of the Aztec Treasure (1909), his authorship ending with The Airship Boys as Detectives; or, Secret Service in Cloudland (1913); a final volume, The Airship Boys in the Great War; or, The Rescue of Bob Russell (1915), being written by ...

Palahniuk, Chuck

Working name of Charles Michael Palahniuk (1962-    ), US author of transgressive fiction and Satire, some of whose works apply genre devices disruptive to the mundane modern world in which they are ostensibly set (see Equipoise). A graduate from the University of Oregon School of Journalism, Palahniuk found success with Fight Club: A Novel (1996), one of several works lampooning Religion and cults. Although its hints of a Near Future setting do not quite make it sf, its ...

Neubauer, William

(1916-1982) US author of a large number of romance novels under various names, including Norman Bligh, Ralph Carter, Gordon Semple and others. His two sf novels were The City of Gold (1951), a Lost Race tale, and Heroneous in 69 (1970) as by William Arthur. [JC]

Potter, David

(1874-1962) US naval officer and author who published nonfiction and sentimental novels under his own name and, pseudonymously, a Lost Race novel, The Lost Goddess (1908) as by Edward Barron, in which a beautiful descendant of the Mayans proves to come from a mysterious Island up a great South American river, where some of her folk have survived. [JC]

Sherrow, C G

(?   -    ) US author in whose sf novel, Goorg-Chee: A Sci-Fi Quest for Freedom (2003), a human being awakens in a state of Amnesia, along with a number of beings who represent a range of Alien species; some sort of Godgame has clearly commenced. It may be that these various species are being tested for fitness. [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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