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Hubschman, Thomas

(1941-    ) US author of two Space Opera adventures, Alpha-II (dated 1979 but 1980) and Space Ark (1981); the latter attempts, with some ambition, to conflate complex Apes as Human issues on a threatened Earth some time in the future, but tends to melodramatics that, in the light of the New Space Opera now ascendant, seem simplistic. [JC]

Turner, W J

(1889-1946) Australian-born poet, music critic, playwright and author, in the UK from around 1907, in active service during World War One; he is of some sf interest for his Henry Airbubble sequence, comprising Blow for Balloons: Being the First Hemisphere in the History of Henry Airbubble (1935), Henry Airbubble, in Search of a Circumference to His Breath: Being the Second Hemisphere of the History of Henry Airbubble (1936) and The Duchess of Popocatapetl (1939), which focuses for the most part ...

Snell, Gordon

(?   -    ) UK broadcaster, screenwriter and author, mostly for younger children; for a youngish Young Adult market he published an sf series, the undemanding Tom's Amazing Machine sequence beginning with Tom's Amazing Machine (1988), and featuring a talking Computer named Zenda. [JC]

Benford, Gregory

(1941-    ) US astrophysicist and author; in 1971 he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of California, Irvine, rising to Professor of Plasma Physics and Astrophysics in 1979, a position he held until 2006, when he formally resigned in order to participate in a new bio-tech corporation dedicated to unplumbing the genetic governors of ageing in humans. His first involvement in sf was with Fandom: he edited a notable Fanzine, Void, with various ...

Weldon, Fay

(1931-    ) UK Television and Radio scriptwriter, and author, active from the early 1960s, born Franklin Birkinshaw, granddaughter of Edgar Jepson; she began writing work of genre interest with "Angel, All Innocence" in The Thirteenth Ghost Book (anth 1977) edited by James Hale. Almost all of her work has – with passion, anger and a highly charged creative ambiguity – dealt with issues and situations generally conceived of as Feminist. Much of her later fiction ...

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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