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Darvill-Evans, Peter

(1954-    ) UK author and editor, involved in the Games world from about 1976, initiating his writing career with three Fighting Fantasy Ties beginning with Fighting Fantasy Gamebook 25: Beneath Nightmare Castle (1987). He is best-known for his creating for Virgin Books and editing the New Adventures sub-sequence of the overall Doctor Who universe, these stories taking up the slack after the BBC unaccountably cancelled the long-running television series in 1989. Of these ...

Matthews, Susan R

(1952-    ) US author whose childhood in a peripatetic military family and two years of military service clearly provide background and ambience throughout her main work, the Jurisdiction Universe Military SF sequence, comprising An Exchange of Hostages (1997), Prisoner of Conscience (1998), Hour of Judgment (1999), Angel of Destruction (2001), The Devil and Deep Space (2002) and Warring States (2006). This knowledgeableness enriches her depiction of the protagonist of the ...

Journal des Voyages, Le

French magazine which began as Sur Terre et sur Mer (1875-1877) and then took on its full title, Le Journal des Voyages et des aventures de terre et de mer from July 1877; it usually appeared on a weekly basis, with 2290 issues over its run, finishing in 1949. Set up in competition with Jules Hetzel's Voyages Extraordinaires, it featured Fantastic Voyages and other categories of action sf by authors like Louis Boussenard, Capitaine Danrit, Paul D'Ivoi and others. [JC]

Buck, Doris Pitkin

(1898-1980) US English instructor and author of short fiction and poetry only, sometimes signing herself Doris P Buck and almost exclusively associated with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her first sf publication was "Aunt Agatha" (October 1952 F&SF); she continued to publish stories until 1975 and poems until 1981. No collection has appeared. Buck was a founding member of Science Fiction Writers of America. The still unpublished tale "Cacophony in Pink and Ochre" has long ...

Thompson, Douglas

(1967-    ) Scottish architectural designer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Icarus in Nouvelleville" in Subtle Edens: An Anthology of Slipstream Fiction (anth 2008) edited by Allen Ashley; it is assembled in The Sleep Corporation: The Collected Stories of Douglas Thompson (coll 2015). His first novel, Ultrameta: A Fractal Novel (2009), uses sf devices like Time Travel to expand the perspective and further dislocate its protagonist who, burdened ...

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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