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Mason, Mary

(?   -    ) US author, married since 1987 to Stephen Goldin, with whom she collaborated on the short and lightweight Rehumanization of Jade Darcy sf sequence; see his entry for more. [DRL]

Gayton, Bertram

Pseudonym of UK author Bertram Edgar Guyton (1893-1969), whose sf novel, The Gland Stealers (1922), deals with physical Rejuvenation achieved by grafting glands from apes into the bodies of elderly humans. Supply shortages lead to a comic ape hunt in Africa. The inevitable Apes as Human issues are handled lightly; and the story ends tragi-farcically as the renewal of youth, though real enough, proves to be ...

Mann, Phillip

(1942-2022) UK-born author resident in New Zealand from 1969, whose career as a theatre director, translation copy-polisher, drama teacher and university Reader in Drama brought to his writing a strong visual and structural sense. His first sf publication, The Eye of the Queen (1982), is an accomplished novel of First Contact between humans and the enigmatic Pe-Ellians. The Story of the Gardener diptych ...

Johnson, Henry T

(1858-1931) UK editor and author, extremely prolific from an early age, producing boys' stories (see Boys' Papers; Children's SF) for many markets; The Ape Man (circa 1930) is an Apes as Human adventure for the Young Adult market. [JC]

Imaginative Tales

US Digest-size magazine, a bimonthly companion to Imagination, published by William Hamling's Greenleaf Publishing, which ran for 26 issues from September 1954-November 1958. The last three issues, July-November 1958, were published under the title Space Travel (but continued the previous numeration) in a doomed effort to capture the post-Sputnik space-enthusiast market. It was edited by ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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