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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Luftpirat und sein Lenkbares Luftschiff, Der

["The Pirate of the Air and his Navigable Airship"] German Dime-Novel series, popularly known as Kapitän Mors der Luftpirat; it has no connection with a 1948 series of the same name. One of the most popular series of its day, its author or authors are unknown, but well-known writers like Oskar Hoffmann (1866-1928) may have been involved; and, since its adventures take place alternately on Earth and in space, it may have been written by two people. ...

Wood, Samuel Andrew

(1887-1966) UK journalist and prolific author, mostly of thrillers (some as by Robin Temple), active in the Magazines from about 1911; he wrote four works of some interest, three of them Lost Race tales: The Isle of Forgotten People (1925) as by Thompson Cross, an unusually violent example of this subgenre set in a radium-rich ring of extinct volcanoes in China; Winged Heels (1927), in which a quest for a ...

Wyatt, Rachel

(1929-    ) UK-born dramatist and author, in Canada from 1957; of some sf interest is her first novel, The String Box (1970), set in a surrealized but seemingly Near Future City (see Absurdist SF) whose inhabitants follow maddening sets of rules to survive; possession of the eponymous box counts enormously. [JC]

Phair, Colette

(1982-    ) US author whose first novel, Nightmare in Silicon (2007), set in a Near Future where Medicine has sufficiently advanced to allow Identity Transfer of minds from diseased bodies to impervious Robot housings; the dying protagonist's experience of this process sharply evokes a range of Feminist ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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