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Sherburne, Zoa

(1912-1995) US author of much fiction for Young Adult readers, including about 300 stories; an sf novel, The Girl Who Knew Tomorrow (1970), about a young woman whose powers of Precognition alienate her from society. Why Have the Birds Stopped Singing? (1974) is fantasy. [JC]

Langelaan, George

(1908-1972) French-born UK author and journalist, an intelligence agent in World War Two (underwent plastic surgery to change his appearance), active for many years in the USA before returning to France; his first work of genre interest in English became his most famous story, "The Fly" (June 1957 Playboy), the macabre tale of an unsuccessful experiment in Matter Transmission in which the hapless ...

Gilliam, Richard

(?   -    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Caroline and Caleb" in Confederacy of the Dead (anth 1993), which he edited in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg and Edward E Kramer. Many further anthologies followed, mostly with Greenberg and often a third collaborator. Exceptions not involving Greenberg are ...

Nickels, Thom

(?   -    ) US author of Walking Water/After All This (coll 1989), whose two tales are designed to test Gender issues in two radically different venus: the first is a Posthumous Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the second, set on Earth after a mysterious Disaster has depopulated the world, confronts ...

Holtby, Winifred

(1898-1935) UK author who espoused, in South Riding (1936) and other novels and essays, an informed, complex Feminism which was also reflected in her two Satires: Mandoa, Mandoa!: A Comedy of Irrelevance (1933), which is set in an imaginary Ruritanian kingdom in Africa; and ...

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 ...



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