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Nolan, William F

(1928-2021) US author and editor who trained and for a time practised as a commercial artist; he also raced cars, publishing several books on the subject. Nolan first became active in sf Fandom in the 1950s, cofounding the San Diego Science Fantasy Society, being a staff member for the Fanzine Rhodomagnetic Digest, publishing The Ray Bradbury Review (including his own first story "The Immortal Ones: A Satire" in 1952), and serving as managing editor of issues #1-#3 of Gamma (1963-1964). His ...

Bryant, Edward

(1945-2017) US author, almost exclusively of short stories, who was born in New York State but raised in Wyoming, whose geography and culture consistently informed his work, a circumstance to which he paid his respects in Wyoming Sun (coll 1980), which assembles fictions affected by that visually superb region. Bryant began to publish work of genre interest with "They Come Only in Dreams" for Adam and "Sending the Very Best" for New Worlds, both stories published in January 1970, and remained ...

Powe, Bruce

(1925-2018) Canadian author whose sf novels concentrate on political disorders, a theme very common to post-World War Two writers from his country. Killing Ground: The Canadian Civil War (1968) as by Ellis Portal sets its fatal conflict in Near Future Canada. The Last Days of the American Empire (1974) more far-rangingly places its conflicts in the twenty-first century, when a North American hegemony is threatened by Invasions from both Europe and starving Africa. [JC]

Morehouse, Lyda

(1967-    ) US author whose sf appears mainly under her own name; she writes horror and paranormal romances as by Tate Hallaway; her first work of genre interest, "Irish Blood" in Dreams of Decadence for July 1997, though under her own name, is a tale along the lines of her Callaway work. She is of sf interest for the Archangel Protocol sequence – comprising Archangel Protocol (2001), Fallen Host (2002), Messiah Node (2003), Apocalypse Array (2004), given a Philip K ...

Roth, Veronica

(1988-    ) US author whose Young Adult Dystopian Divergent sequence beginning with Divergent (2011) is set in a Near Future Chicago whose population has been divided into five "factions"; the young protagonist discovers on being tested that she is a Divergent, and therefore eligible to join more than one group. Her progress upwards through the ranks of the Dauntless faction, at times reminiscent of Ender's rise in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (1986), also evokes, in the ...

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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