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Green, Joseph

(1931-    ) US author of sf and technical journalism who also worked for NASA, and who began publishing sf with "The Engineer" for New Worlds in February 1962. An Affair with Genius (coll 1969) assembles some of his better early work. Since 1989 he has also published short fiction in Analog, F&SF and other magazines as by Francis Marion Soty. Although many of his 70-plus stories to date (not all sf) have appeared in the USA – along with popular-science articles in ...

Stacy, Ryder

Joint pseudonym of Jan Stacy and Ryder Syvertsen (whom see for titles), and solo pseudonym, after 1985, of the latter. [JC]

Wettenhovi-Aspa, Sigurd

(1870-1946) Finnish author and nationalist philosopher, an early (indeed perhaps the first) advocate of the philological argument that all Indo-European languages have a common Finnish-Egyptian origin (see Linguistics). Late in life he published an English-language sf novel, The Diamondking of Sahara (1935), in which the desert is transformed into forest, and the vastly improved power-generating capacity of Niagara Falls (see Power Sources) enables the inventive protagonist Fingal King to ...

Ward, George Whiteley

(?   -?   ) UK author who published occasionally in English magazines from around 1900; his juvenile tales for Chums, like "The Chessmen of Ghor Khi Laht" (19 January 1924 Chums), are apparently fantastic. He is of sf interest for Drelma: A Tale of the Great Sahara (1908), a Lost Race tale in which ancient Egyptians are discovered in the modern Sahara. [JC]

Ferguson, Neil

(1947-    ) UK author who began publishing sf with "The Monroe Doctrine" for Interzone, Winter 1983/1984, and through the 1980s released several sharply conceived tales, revealing more than once a deep interest in US life. / His first book, Bars of America (coll 1986), not sf, is a collection of tales and musings set in the heart of that country. His first sf novel, Putting Out (1988), presents a Near-Future US political race in terms of the semiotics of dressing, with ...

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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