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Baker, Tim

(?   -    ) Australian-born journalist and author, mostly resident in France. His first novel, Fever City (2016), is an Alternate History tale set primarily in Los Angeles (see California), where the protagonist, a noirish detective, becomes involved first in a kidnapping and then in the assassination of John F Kennedy. The interactions between the two, and consequential revelations about the true nature of America, are interwoven in a manner reminiscent of ...

Boyce, Chris

Working name of Christopher Boyce (1943-1999), Scottish author and newspaper research librarian who reportedly published his first sf, "Autodestruct", in 1964 in an issue of Storyteller Contest or International Storyteller which has not been traced (see Storyteller). A further and better established genre sale was "The Rig" (September 1966 SF Impulse). Boyce's most important work was the sf novel Catchworld (1975), joint winner (with Charles Logan's Shipwreck [1975]) of the Gollancz/Sunday ...

Crossed Genres

US Online Magazine downloadable in a variety of forms. It has been published monthly online since December 2008 by Crossed Genre Publications, Somerville, Massachusetts and was edited until November 2010 by Bart R Leib and Kay Holt, and from December 2010 by Jaym Gates and Natania Barron. A selection of material published online was assembled as two annual anthologies, Crossed Genres: Year One (anth 2010) and Year Two (anth 2010) both edited by Leib and Holt. Since January 2011 all of the ...

Madsen, Axel

(1930-2007) Danish-born journalist and author, in Canada from 1956 and in US from the 1960s; best-known for his biographies, whose subjects included John Jacob Astor and Simone de Beauvoir. Of sf interest is Unisave (1980), in which the Overpopulation crisis has created a Dystopian world. [JC]

Gentle, Mary

(1956-    ) UK author who began publishing with a fantasy for young adults, A Hawk in Silver (1977; rev 1985), and who came to general notice with her Orthe sequence – Golden Witchbreed (1983) and Ancient Light (1987), both assembled, with a linked story, as Orthe: Chronicles of Carrick V (omni 2002) – which, despite the fantasy ring of the first title, is sf. The protagonist of both volumes, a woman diplomat/entrepreneur in the complexly defined employ of an ...

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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