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Handley, Max

(1945-1990) UK scriptwriter and author known in the sf world only for Meanwhile (1977), an intricately comic Fabulation crammed to bursting point with devices from the whole spectrum of sf and fantasy (see Equipoise), from Clones to Mother Goddesses to anthropophagists, all introduced by a sharply knowledgeable hand. [JC]

Lang, Allen Kim

(1928-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Machine of Klamugra" for Planet Stories in November 1950 and published a good number of action stories in the following decade: twenty titles are recorded, including the comic novella "Cinderella Story" (May 1961 If), and "Blind Man's Lantern" (December 1962 Analog), in which hoped Cultural Engineering of a backward colony world involves the introduction of a sympathetically depicted Amish farming couple. Wild and Outside ...

Lynn, Elizabeth A

(1946-    ) US author who began to publish work of sf interest with "We All Have to Go" in the crime fiction anthology Tricks and Treats (anth 1976) edited by Joe Gores and Bill Pronzini. This was assembled with other early work in The Woman Who Loved the Moon and Other Stories (coll 1981), whose contents were selected for Tales from a Vanished Country (coll 1990), which also includes The Red Hawk (1984 chap). Her early sf stories and her first novel, A Different Light ...

Pierce, William Luther

(1933-2002) US demagogue, politician and author who claimed to have become a Neo-Nazi when he caught sight of a mixed-race woman on his college campus, and whose National Alliance advocated white separatism and ethnic cleansing (see Eugenics). He is of sf interest for The Turner Diaries (1975-???? Attack!; 1976; rev 1980) as by Andrew MacDonald, set in the Near Future when the protagonist directs the overthrow of the American government, which has been dominated by Jews who wish to emasculate ...

Vesaas, Tarjei

(1897-1970) Norwegian author who wrote in the version or dialect of Norwegian known as nynorsk; he is perhaps best known for a tale of Nordic Fantastika, where the near-supernatural affinity of two young girls, whose relationship is Doppelganger-intense, is echoed by the nearby, eponymous, gravity-defying ice-palace, ostensibly a waterfall, whose ultimate collapse has chthonic echoes. [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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