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El-Mohtar, Amal

(1984-    ) Canadian author, poet and editor who first began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crow's Caw" in Shimmer magazine for Summer 2006. She co-edited the online genre Poetry magazine Goblin Fruit (eight issues, 2008-2016), initially with Jessica P Wick and latterly with Caitlin Paxson. The Honey Month (coll 2010 chap) assembles honey-themed tales and verse, including one of her three Rhysling Award-winning poems. / El-Mohtar's short fantasy fiction has ...

Philip, Alex

Working name of Alexander Philip (1882-1968) Scotland-born entrepreneur and author, in US with family from 1884 and in Canada from circa 1900. He is of sf interest for his Lost Race novel, The Painted Cliff (1927), set deep in a valley in the mountains of British Columbia where an ancient white civilization (Philip is condescending to Native Americans) is discovered. [JC]

Carr, Jayge

Pseudonym of US author Margery (Marj) Krueger (1940-2006), a former nuclear physicist for NASA who began to publish sf with "Alienation" for Analog in October 1976, and whose major work to date is probably her first novel, Leviathan's Deep (1979), in which star-travelling Terrans (much like 1950s Americans, particularly in their sexual politics) confront a female from a technologically primitive but culturally sophisticated humanoid race whose males are genuinely inferior. The Alien ...

Gold, H L

(1914-1996) Canadian-born author and editor, in the USA from the age of two, though retaining dual nationality; brother of Floyd C Gale. Gold began to publish work of genre interest with "Inflexure" for Astounding in October 1934 as by Clyde Crane Campbell, selling several stories to that market, and to its sister Unknown, notably None But Lucifer (September 1939 Unknown; 2003) with L Sprague de Camp, in which a man tries to outwit Lucifer in the heart of the Great Depression. During this early ...

Leacock, Stephen

(1869-1944) UK-born Canadian economist and author, in Canada from the age of eight, active as a writer from about 1890; of many books of humorous sketches, the most famous is perhaps Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (coll 1912), where he expresses a deeply conservative view of the world (his anti-Feminism included opposition to women's suffrage) with engaging warmth and humour. Sf often featured as the target of the more fantastical of his Satirical sketches, in spoofs like "The New Food", ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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