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Silvey, Catriona

(?   -    ) Scottish author, in England from early adulthood. She is of sf interest for her first novel, Meet Me in Another Life (2021), which follows two lovers through a series of seeming Parallel Worlds as they try to understand themselves and what is happening to them (or what, Godgame-fashion, they are in the end themselves making happen). The text makes clear more or less explicit analogies to tales like Kate Atkinson's Life After Life (2013) or to a ...

Chapman, D D

(1926-1992) US zoologist, academic and author of Red Tide (1975) with Deloris Lehman Tarzan (whom see for details). [JC]

Aldiss, Margaret

(1933-1997) UK editor and bibliographer, married to Brian W Aldiss. Her three bibliographies of her husband's work – Item Forty-Three; Brian W Aldiss; a Bibliography 1954-1962 (1962 chap) as by Margaret Manson, Item Eighty-Three; Brian W Aldiss; A Bibliography 1954-1972 (1972 chap) and The Work of Brian W Aldiss: An Annotated Bibliography & Guide (1992) – are extremely useful aids to the study of his complicated oeuvre. She also co-edited with Frank Hatherley and Malcolm Edwards ...

Fagan, H A

(1889-1963) South African judge and author, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Africa 1956-1959, whose writing career in Afrikaans extended from before 1914 to the year of his death. In his sf novel Ninya: A Fantasy of a Strange Little World (1956), which was first published in English, survivors of a crash landing on the far side of the Moon a century hence encounter many strange adventures of an emblematic nature reminiscent of C S Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet (1938) and its ...

Douglas, L Warren

(1943-    ) Pseudonym of US teacher, woodcarver and author Douglas W Lugthart, who began to publish sf with A Plague of Change (1992). This was followed in the Plague of Change sequence by Cannon's Orb (1994); the protagonist of the sequence – who is something of an anthropologist (like Warren himself) as well as a Computer expert – is hired by Aliens to examine the causes for the decline of a colony planet, though Space Opera concerns soon externalize his study ...

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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