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MacInnes, Helen

(1907-1985) Scottish author, in US from 1937 (naturalized 1952); married to the popular broadcaster and academic Gilbert Highet (1906-1978) from 1932 until his death; active from the early 1930s. She was best known for spy novels like Above Suspicion (1941), though she also wrote some well-received romances. The one oddity in her bibliography is Home Is the Hunter: A Comedy in Two Acts (performed 1964; 1964), the only play she wrote in a career of some forty-five years; it is also the only work ...

George, Vernon

Working name of Scottish author George Shirra Gibb Vernon (1885-1959), whose first work of sf interest, Hamish Munro's Experiment: A Thrilling Romance of the East and the Antipodes (1935), is a fantasy published by a vanity house, and whose The Crown of Asia (1939) is a Near Future Yellow Peril Invasion tale, set in the 1940s, the target of the being India. [JC]

Thompson, Ray

(?   -    ) UK author of an Young Adult sf novel, Ayron IV (1975), whose young protagonists, roaming across the eponymous planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), find vehicular tracks that signal an Alien presence; and so it turns it out. Lessons in Xenobiology and Ecology are learned. [JC]

Friedberg, Gertrude

(1908-1989) US author who also taught. Her career as a playwright began early, with Three Cornered Moon (1933), which was later filmed, but she began publishing sf only in April 1963, with "The Short and Happy Death of George Frumkin" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her fine sf novel The Revolving Boy (1966) strikingly tells the story of a child sensitive from his unique birth in free fall to signals, possibly intelligent in origin, from beyond the solar system. He reveals his ...

Brex, J Twells

(1873-1920) UK journalist and author, active from the 1890s, some of his work being contributed to Boys' Papers; The Civil War of 1915 (1912) describes a Near Future class war in Britain. "Scare-Mongerings" from the Daily Mail 1896-1914: The Paper That Foretold the War (anth 1914 chap) assembles claimed Predictions of World War One, some fictional; Adventures on the Home Front (coll 1918) is nonfantastic. "A Christmas House-Party (Being Excerpts from the Diary of Samuel Pepys the Second)" in ...

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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