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Cohen, Matt

Working name of Canadian author Matthew Cohen (1942-1999), best known for short stories and novels set among disturbed urban dwellers in contemporary Ontario. Too Bad Galahad (1972 chap), however, is an Arthurian Fabulation, and several of the stories assembled in Columbus and the Fat Lady, and Other Stories (coll 1972) and Night Flights: Stories New and Selected (coll 1978) contain fantasy. The Colours of War (1977) is a Near-Future tale of civil strife for which the Ontario countryside serves ...

Elliott, Bruce

(1914-1973) US author and editor, active mainly in the sf field in the early 1950s, though his first story of genre interest was "Jungle Jazz" for Doc Savage magazine in June 1944; in the 1940s, he also wrote several stories for the magazine sequence The Shadow (see The Shadow). His sf novels – Asylum Earth (October 1952 Startling; 1968) and The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck (1970) – are routine adventures. [JC] see also: Dimensions. /

Schimel, Lawrence

(1971-    ) US poet, story writer, editor and translator resident in Spain since 1999 where he combines his own writing in both Spanish and English with work as a literary translator. His first genre story was "The Last Bite" in Dead of Night #6 in July 1990 and by the end of the decade had published nearly 100 stories, many with gay/lesbian or Vampire themes, and issued his first collection, The Drag Queen of Elfland and Other Stories (coll 1996). Two more collections ...

Kagan, Norman

(1943-    ) US film researcher and author whose occasional sf stories – from "The Mathenauts" for If in July 1964 through "Counter Ecology" (in Tomorrow Today, anth 1975, ed George Zebrowski) – have sometimes dealt vigorously and amusingly with Mathematics as a subject, and tend to feature extroverted mathematicians as protagonists in Cold War contexts. Kagan also wrote The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick (1972; exp 1989) In a letter to the editor (Summer 1984 SF ...

Wignall, T C

(1881-1958) UK author, usually for children as Trevor Wignall, who began publishing in the magazines in 1912 or earlier, and whose sf novel Atoms (20 October-29 December 1922 Yellow Magazine; 1923) with G D Knox posits a world with abundant Power Sources including Nuclear Energy and broadcast power. These developments are described with wooden glee. [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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