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Steelbaugh, Larry

(?   -    ) US author of the Tankwar sequence beginning with Tankwar (1990) and ending with Tankwar: Desert Prey (1993), a series of Military SF tales set during World War Three, with a Technothriller focus on tank Technology. Nothing is known of Steelbaugh; the name may be a pseudonym. [JC]

Janvier, Thomas A

(1849-1913) US journalist and author, whose Lost Worlds novel, The Aztec Treasure House: A Romance of Contemporaneous Antiquity (1890), didactically describes a surviving remnant of the Aztec empire. In The Women's Conquest of New York [for subtitle see Checklist] (dated 1953 but 1894 chap) as by A Member of the Committee of Safety of 1908, Tammany Hall misguidedly enfranchises females, who run amok in New York until physically restrained (the mayoress is in fact beaten) by their aroused ...


Scottish Amateur Magazine in A4 format, published and edited by Gary Gibson, Glasgow; four issues, [Spring] 1992 to Summer 1994. It called itself the "slipstream journal", the first magazine to outwardly do so, and though it sought to focus on Slipstream SF in its fiction – of which it only ran one or two stories per issue – most of its nonfiction features were rather more central to Genre SF, far more so than New Pathways or Ice River, which could have been called slipstream ...

Justice, Keith L

(1949-2004) US journalist, teacher and bibliographer, active for many years (until his accidental death) as a reporter for various Ohio papers; though not a fiction writer, he did publish one story of genre interest, "The Symbol Hunter" in Unearth for Spring 1977. To the field of sf Bibliography he contributed two titles, both useful when released though inevitably superseded: Science Fiction Master Index of Names (1987); and the competently annotated Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror ...

Johnson, Annabel

(1921-2013) US author, mostly of Young Adult novels beginning in 1956, about half of them in collaboration with her husband, Edgar Johnson, who is not to be confused with Edgar Johnson (1901-1972), an earlier novelist. Of sf interest, all written with Johnson, are An Alien Music (1982); The Danger Quotient (1984), set initially in a Ruined Earth 130 years after World War Three had ended in nuclear Holocaust, and moving with its protagonist via Time Machine back to the twentieth century and to ...

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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