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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 ...

Harrison, Eva

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first book, The Story of a Soul's Unfoldment (1905), describes the author's psychic communication with a Ancient Egyptian Priest. Of some sf interest is Wireless Messages from Other Worlds (1915), which contains a range of "spirit" (hence wireless) messages from other planets of the Solar System, giving details of higher forms of life. ...

Lee, Fonda

(1979-    ) Canadian author, in USA from early adulthood; her first novel, Zeroboxer (2015), is a Young Adult adventure set in a Space Opera universe with Faster Than Light travel, whose young protagonist, a professional athlete (see Games and Sports) whose gladiatorial entrepreneurial skills expose him to a larger world ...

Tracy, Louis

(1863-1928) Irish-born UK journalist and author, born Patrick Joseph Treacy, in UK from early childhood, almost certainly changed his name legally before 1888; his birth name and place of birth have been examined by Steve Holland in his Bear Alley blog [see links below]. He is best remembered for The Final War: A Story of the Great Betrayal (28 December 1895-1 August 1896 Pearson's Magazine; 1896), ...

Wright, Jack

Unidentified author (?   -?   ), perhaps pseudonymous, of the Scout Patrol Boys sequence, beginning with The Scout Patrol Boys at Circle U Ranch (1933), all four being published the same year. Of most sf interest is the second, The Scout Patrol Boys Exploring in Yucatan (1933), in which the lads discover a Lost Race in the mountainous heart of Mexico. [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 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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