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Reed, P Fishe

(1817-1887) US author whose Lost Race novel for boys, Beyond the Snow: Being a History of Trim's Adventures in Nordlichtschein (1873), carries its protagonist to the North Pole, where a civilization of abnormally tall and thin folk is discovered. [JC]

Bloch, Robert

(1917-1994) US author very much better known for his work in Fantasy and Horror – and also for his associational work, of which there is a sizeable corpus – than for his relatively small amount of sf; in the genres of the fantastic other than sf, he was a seminal modernizing figure, and he repeatedly applied one line of insight – the Blochian revelation that the sick protagonist in the foreground of a tale intricately manifests a larger world similarly (and more ...

Milligan, Spike

Working name of Indian-born Irish author and comic Terence Alan Milligan (1918-2002), who first became famous for his central role as both principal author and one of the stars of the Radio comedy The Goon Show (initially Crazy People) broadcast on BBC Radio from 1951 to 1960. These episodes generally exhibit surreal rather than science-fictional humour; partial exceptions in the form of explicit sf/fantasy Parodies include "Her" (18 March 1952), spoofing H Rider Haggard's She: A History of ...

Keohane, Daniel G

(1963-    ) US author who has also published as by Dan Keohane and G Daniel Gunn, most of his work being horror. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Incineration" in Cemetery Sonata (anth 1999) edited by June Hubbard; his first novel, Solomon's Grave (2009), describes with hints of Time Abyss the search for an ancient secret whose revelation may spell doom. Destroyer of Worlds (2012) as by G Daniel Gunn does not quite describe the coming apocalypse that fills ...

Hansen, L Taylor

(1897-1976) US anthropologist and author who attended the University of California Los Angeles for graduate work in science; she published numerous sf stories and popular science articles in the Pulp magazines between 1929 and 1949, beginning with "What the Sodium Lines Revealed" in Amazing Stories Quarterly for Winter 1929, and The Undersea Tube (November 1929 Amazing; 2008 ebook), detailing the failure of a subway under the Atlantic (see Transportation). Perhaps the most interesting of her ...

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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