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Edwards, Malcolm

(1949-    ) UK editor, critic and publisher, educated at Cambridge, where he graduated in anthropology. Active in UK sf Fandom in the 1970s and early 1980s, he published the first complete text of James Blish's "The Science in Science Fiction" (May 1951-May 1952 Science Fiction Quarterly) in his fanzine Quicksilver #2 in 1971; edited the British Science Fiction Association journal Vector 1972-1974; worked as sf editor for Gollancz 1976-1977; and was administrator of the ...

Wong, David

Pseudonym of US author Jason Pargin (1975-    ) whose Almost Armageddon sequence beginning with John Dies at the End (2007) follows the elaborately antic careers of a team devoted to fending of an Invasion of Aliens who may bring about the End of the World; the tone throughout is forcedly gonzo. The Zoey Ashe sequence beginning with Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (2015), though not much distinguished in tone from the previous series, clearly benefits from its single ...

Jęczmyk, Lech

(1936-    ) Polish editor, translator, columnist and essayist, primarily known for his translations of novels and short stories from the English by J G Ballard, Philip K Dick, Ursula K Le Guin, Kurt Vonnegut and numerous others. In 1970, while working as an acquiring editor for the Warsaw-based publishing house Iskry, he initiated the Steps into the Unknown series of annual anthologies Kroki w nieznane ["Steps into the Unknown"] in which he published both Eastern European ...

Tourgée, Albion Winegar

(1838-1905) US lawyer, judge, diplomat, soldier, editor and author, active in the Southern states of America where he was notable for his pro-Black views, expressed in various manners, including essays (1868-1870) as by Wenckar and in 1878 as "C"; in France from 1897 (he was of French and German parentage). As an author Tourgée, who also wrote as by Henry Churton, is best known for an autobiographical novel, A Fool's Errand, By One of the Fools (1870), set in North Carolina during ...

Carmody, Isobelle

(1958-    ) Australian author of sf for adolescents. Her most successful work – the Obernewtyn Chronicles whose first four volumes are Obernewtyn (1987), The Farseekers (1990), Scatterlings (1991) and Ashling (1995) [see Checklist below] – is set in Post-Holocaust venues; the element of sf in these tales becomes steadily less apparent, as the sequence's young Mutant protagonists gradually develop Psi Powers that – as in much adolescent Fantasy – come ...

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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