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Acker, Kathy

Pseudonym of US author Karen Lehmann (1947-1997), whose year of birth has been given variously but without documentary evidence as both 1944 and 1948; she lived in the UK off and on for many years. Acker's apocalyptic sense of the latter-day world is conveyed in works whose tortured absurdity (see Fabulation) sometimes catches the reader by surprise, or transfixes the spectator of one of her plays, which have been as a whole perhaps more telling than her prose. The Birth of the Poet (performed ...

Jones, Margaret

(?   -    ) UK author and lecturer in human communication studies. In The Day They Put Humpty Together Again (1968; vt Transplant 1968) prosthetic-surgery techniques are used to wire an artist's head to a criminal's libidinous torso. Through the Budgerigar (1970) is a Satirical fantasy. [JC]

Charteris, Leslie

(1907-1993) US author born as Leslie Charles Bowyer Yin in Singapore, educated in the UK; he legally changed his name to Leslie Charteris in 1928, and became a US citizen in 1946. He remains known almost exclusively for the long picaresque crime/thriller sequence featuring Simon Templar alias The Saint. This saga began with the author's second novel Meet the Tiger! (1928; vt The Saint Meets the Tiger 1940), though Charteris experimented with and discarded other heroes in three further ...

Gottesman, S D

Pseudonym used on magazine stories by C M Kornbluth 1940-1942: nine times solo, beginning with "King Cole of Pluto" (May 1940 Super Science Stories); six times with Frederik Pohl, beginning with "Before the Universe" (July 1940 Super Science Stories), first in the three-story Clair and Gaynor sequence; and one with both Pohl and Robert A W Lowndes for "The Extrapolated Dimwit" (October 1942 Future), also a Clair and Gaynor tale. Kornbluth also used the byline for a 1957 poem in F&SF. ...

Downing, Peggy

(1924-2013) US author of books for children and Young Adults, author of the Exitorn Adventures sequence beginning with Brill and the Dragators (1987), which provides a Christian slant on Space Opera for younger readers. Apparent singletons include Help! I'm Drowning! and Other Emergencies (1985) and Help! I'm Shrinking! (1986). [JC]

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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