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Dozois, Gardner

(1947-2018) US author, anthologist and, from 1985 (with the January 1986 issue) to 2004, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, winning fifteen Hugos between 1988 and 2004 for his work as editor, and the equivalent Locus award from 1996 to 2004; he was married to Susan Casper until her death in 2017. He began publishing sf in September 1966 with "The Empty Man" for If, but it was not until after military service (in which he worked as a military journalist) that he began producing such stories as ...

Kalfař, Jaroslav

(1988-    ) Czech-born author, in USA from the age of fifteen. His first novel, Spaceman of Bohemia (2017), initially depicts an abstractly conceived journey through the inner Solar System, narrated with an indifferent hauteur as to any literal understanding of the SF Megatext typical of the Mainstream Writer of SF; but in this case savingly aerated by an elated despairingness reminiscent of the sf of Karel Čapek. Having been sent into space in a very Near Future 2018 ...

Silver, R Norman

Pseudonym of UK author George Knight (?   -?   ). Novels of sf interest under this name include The Golden Dwarf: A Sensational Romance of Today (1903), in which a Mad Scientist attempts – surgically, as in H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) – to transform young children into dwarfs and giants (see Great and Small); and Warders of the Deep: A Romance of Love, Invention and a Great City (1903), which features an apparently Utopian City Under ...

Tong Enzheng

(1935-1997) Chinese archaeologist, cultural anthropologist, museologist and author, whose twin careers of academia and sf writing occasionally entwined. As a historian he specialized in the ancient history of Sichuan, Tibetan archaeology, and discussion of a "southern Silk Road", from China to India in early times, writing many landmark works in the field, not listed below. His first sf story "Wuman Nian Yiqian de Keren" ["A Guest from 50,000 Years Ago"] (1959 Dadi) is, like all other Chinese ...

Cassilis, Robert

Pseudonym of UK historian and author Michael Edwardes (1923-1990), who specialized in Indian history under his own name; as Cassilis, his sf novel, Winding Sheet (1978), posits a Near Future Britain where the monarchy has regained genuine power, though Scotland has become more or less autonomous, and a revolt is in the offing. Edwardes is not to be confused with the business executive and writer Sir Michael Edwardes, who gained his knighthood not for his work as a writer but for his triumphs as ...

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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