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Smith, George H

(1922-1996) US author of much popular fiction and considerable sf, under his own name and several pseudonyms including books as Jan Hudson, Jerry Jason, Jan Smith, George Hudson Smith, Diana Summers (not sf), Hal Stryker and – mostly with his wife M Jane Deer – M J Deer. He began publishing sf with "The Last Spring" for Startling Stories in 1953, and became very active after about 1960, releasing his first sf novels – Satan's Daughter (1961) as by Jan Hudson, 1976 – Year ...

Schoon, Christian

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author whose Young Adult Zenn Scarlett sequence comprising Zenn Scarlett (2013) and Under Nameless Stars (2014) focuses on the eponymous teenager, whose love of adventure and practical Xenobiology inspires her to become an "exoveterinarian" in a large Zoo on Mars. It is not certain what criteria are applied to distinguish "her" Aliens from self-determining creatures like Homo sapiens. The second volume of the series takes place ...

Holgate, Jerome B

(1812-1893) US author of A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation in the Year of Our Lord 19— (1835), a self-published Dystopia set in a Near Future City in Upstate New York where miscegenation is legally enforced, over against every decent instinct of whites, who (Holgate's anti-Abolitionist venom must have seemed grotesque even in 1835) faint at the smell of Blacks. Noachidæ: Or, Noah and His Descendants (1860) is a very much less offensive Lost Race tale set in Antediluvian times. ...

Bell, Geo W

(1838-1907) US soldier (though his claim to the rank of Colonel has not been confirmed), real estate speculator, diplomat (Consul for the United States in Sydney, New South Wales, 1894-1900) and author; his sf novel, Mr Oseba's Last Discovery (1904 New Zealand) may have been written as a real estate promotion. The protagonist meets a traveling inhabitant of the Hollow Earth, who has arrived on the surface via the Arctic Symmes Hole (see John Cleves Symmes); he describes the Eugenic Utopia he ...

Acker, Kathy

Pseudonym of US author Karen Lehmann (1947-1997), whose year of birth has been given variously but without documentary evidence as both 1944 and 1948; she lived in the UK off and on for many years. Acker's apocalyptic sense of the latter-day world is conveyed in works whose tortured absurdity (see Fabulation) sometimes catches the reader by surprise, or transfixes the spectator of one of her plays, which have been as a whole perhaps more telling than her prose. The Birth of the Poet (performed ...

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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