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Elgin, Suzette Haden

Working name of US poet, author and teacher Patricia Anne Suzette Wilkins Elgin (1936-2015) for her sf. She combined writing with a professional specialization in Linguistics, having a PhD in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego; she was a professor of linguistics at San Diego State University 1972-1980, subsequently emeritus, and published widely in her specialist field. Her sf began in May 1969 with "For the Sake of Grace" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, ...

Martyn, Wyndham

Pseudonym of UK author William Henry Martin Hosken (1874-1963), in the US from around 1905, just before he began publishing fiction in American magazines, sometimes as W H G Wyndham Martin, Croydon Heath, or William Grenvil. He seems to have written (and may have lived as) Wyndham Martyn from an early date. Most of his thrillers involve secret agents, without fantastic content; the Anthony Trent sequence features a criminal who solves mysteries the police cannot. Nightmare Castle (1935) is a ...

Rolt-Wheeler, Francis W

Working name of UK author Francis William Wheeler (1876-1960), in US and Canada circa 1900-1925, later in Tunis and Nice; in his early career he specialized in stories for boys, though in his later years – after a spectacular 1915 divorce which led to his imprisonment – he turned to the kind of religious investigation, including forays into Theosophy, that characterized the career of his sister, Ethel Rolt Wheeler (1869-1958) (both siblings added "Rolt" to their names). His works of ...

Kurimoto Kaoru

Working name of Sumiyo Yamada (1953-2009), sometimes known under her married name Sumiyo Imaoka or by her pseudonym Azusa Nakajima; an immensely prolific author, mainly in the Fantasy mode, but with strong enough connections to the sf community to ensure attention and accolades at the Seiun Awards. As a celebrity, commentator, critic and novelist, she was arguably one of the most influential Women SF Writers in Japan for the last three decades of the twentieth century. / Graduating in ...

Egan, Beresford

(1905-1984) UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs's Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley's Moonchild (1929) and Sean M'Guire's Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley's case, his later career long outlived the time when Decadence could fairly be seen as response to the ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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