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Ruhen, Carl

(1937-2013) New Zealand-born author, in Australia from 1947, highly prolific from the early 1960s to 1989 with 78 reported novel publications – many from the high-output Australian "pulp" publisher Horwitz – plus numerous short stories and articles. His novels included some routine horror, not listed below. Ruhen is of sf interest as probably the principal collaborator on the film Tie Mad Max 2 (1982) with Terry Hayes and George Miller, novelizing Mad Max 2 (1981; vt The Road ...

Rosny aîné, J-H

Principal pseudonym of French-speaking Belgian author Joseph-Henri-HonoréBoëx (1856-1940), in the UK 1875-1884, subsequently in France. He initially signed this name simply J-H Rosny, without an indication of seniority ("aîné" meaning "elder"), and shared this form of the pseudonym with his younger brother Justin; some works published as by J-H Rosny during that period, none of them sf, are collaborative. After 1907, when the brothers separated, the name was divided, ...

Wood, Samuel Andrew

(1887-1966) UK journalist and prolific author, mostly of thrillers, active in the Magazines from about 1911; he wrote four works of some interest, three of them Lost Race tales: The Isle of Forgotten People (1925) as by Thompson Cross, an unusually violent example of this subgenre set in a radium-rich ring of extinct volcanoes in China; Winged Heels (1927), in which a quest for a kidnapped woman leads into the heart of Central American Lost World territory; and The Aztec Temple (1955), ...

King, Stephen

(1947-    ) US author, in the context of this encyclopedia of greatest interest as a central creator of Horror in SF, though he is perhaps most famous for his supernatural horror. With over 300 million books in print in a career that only effectively began in 1974, the example of his success, along with that of Dean Koontz, revolutionized the horror-fiction business, though the feverish over-expansion of horror as a market up to around 1990, and its subsequent deflation, ...

Banville, John

(1945-    ) Irish author active from an early age, his first book being a collection of stories, Long Langkin (coll 1970), followed by Nightspawn (1971), each of these nonfantastic titles focusing variously on twins and their complex interplayings, a focus which would characterize much of his work from this point; he also writes nonfantastic crime novels [not listed here] as by Benjamin Black. Edging toward the fantastic, the novels assembled in the Revolutions sequence, ...

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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