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Rockwood, Roy

A House Name used on Juvenile Series published by several firms, including Cupples & Leon, The Mershon Company and George Sully, but all titles from 1906 onwards were generated by The Stratemeyer Syndicate; Edward Stratemeyer, as usual, provided outlines for his authors to work from, and probably wrote at least two of the early titles himself. The first Roy Rockwood series was the Deep Sea sequence of adventures, featuring sea monsters and the like and containing some sf content; gradually ...

Yerxa, Leroy

(1915-1946) US author for the Pulp magazines, particularly the Ziff-Davis productions Amazing and Fantastic Adventures. He published under his own name and under some pseudonyms, the main one being Elroy Arno; others included Lee Francis which evolved into a House Name after his death (see also Frances Yerxa below as possible author under this name), Morris J Steele and (possibly) Henry Gade and Frank Patton. House Names included Richard Casey and Alexander Blade. He began to publish work of ...

Horne, J Arthur

(1881-?   ) US author of inspirational tales with a Christian base; God's Earth (1939) counts as sf for its use of a Time Viewer to register the pious marvels of the next age. [JC]

Griffin, Russell M

(1943-1986) US academic and author who began publishing sf with his first novel, The Makeshift God (1979), an ambitiously overwritten and overlong but notably intelligent romance of origins, set initially in a drab Arab-dominated marginally pre-Cyberpunk USA, and then on a planet which houses mysteriously significant data about the deep human past. Century's End (1981) takes another blackly satirical look at the Near Future of Earth, and at the Religions which attempt to exploit the millennium, ...

Fallon, Jennifer

(1959-    ) Australian author and IT consultant whose novels are all marketed as fantasy. This accurately describes her debut Demon Child trilogy beginning with Medalon (2000). However, the Second Sons trilogy – comprising The Lion of Senet (2002), Eye of the Labyrinth (2003) and Lord of the Shadows (2003) is set on what is evidently a planetary colony, with a Planetary Romance ambience. As in Anne McCaffrey's Pern, the medievalistic society has forgotten its Earthly ...

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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