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Gingrich, Newt

Working name of US history professor, politician and author Newton Leroy Gingrich (1943-    ), Speaker of the House of Representatives 1995-1999, contender in the run-ups to the American presidential election fo 2012, of interest here for his collaborations with William R Forstchen, beginning with 1945 (1995), a Hitler Wins tale in which Germany confronts America after its 1945 victory in ...

Gemmell, David A

(1948-2006) UK journalist and editor, and then full-time author, primarily of Heroic Fantasy, most famous for his first (and long-lived) Fantasy series, the Drenai Saga, beginning with Legend (1984; vt Against the Horde 1988) and finishing with Hero in the Shadows (2000; vt Hero in the Shadows: Waylander the Slayer Stalks an Ancient Evil 2000), and built around the ...

Czech and Slovak SF

In Czechoslovakia there are two main groups, the Czechs and the Slovaks, speaking different languages. Sf is written in both. / The history of Czech sf begins in the nineteenth century, with the first true sf work probably being Zivot na Měsíci ["Life on the Moon"] (1881) by Karel Pleskač. Also of interest are some of the works of the famous mainstream author Svatopluk Čech; for example, Hanuman (1884; trans W W Strickland 1894), ...

Johnson, Micaiah

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Space Between Worlds (2020), is set mainly on Earth Zero, with which 380 Parallel Worlds interact complexly, generating a full Multiverse (see Communication). A central "Institute" controls those humans who can travel to those worlds, only possible where the traveller's ...

Fernandez, Cristina

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult How to Date a Superhero (And Not Die Trying) (2022) spoofishly confronts its young protagonist – herself possessing the mild Superpower of a perfect sense of time – must come to terms with the discovery that her unsatisfactory boyfriend is in fact a teenaged Superhero [JC] She should not be ...

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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