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Cox, Joan

(1942-    ) US rancher and author whose first sf novel, Mindsong (1979), features a planet terraformed into a Hellenic Eden (see Utopia). Her second, Star Web (1980), is somewhat less engaging. [JC] see also: Faster Than Light. /

Bickerton, Derek

(1926-2018) US linguist, Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawaii; of marginal sf interest, but a cognitively intriguing examination of the problems of Communication between species, King of the Sea (1979), tells of the experiences of a man who lives with dolphins. [JC]

Vaughan, Ralph E

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Nighttime" in Etchings & Odysseys for December 1986. He has spent most of his subsequent career adding to the Cthulhu Mythos as adumbrated (but not created) by H P Lovecraft, through his Sherlock Holmes in the Cthulhu Mythos Adventures beginning with a novella, ...

Rogers-Davidson, Sally

(1960-    ) Australian author of Young Adult fiction, two titles being of sf interest: Polymer (1995), a Space Opera involving a galaxy-wide War; and Spare Parts (1999), set in a Dystopian Melbourne a century hence, where a rigid caste system encourages the poor to sell their bodies to the rich for purposes of ...

Pilkington, Roger

(1915-2003) UK biologist and author, well known for a number of nonfiction books on sailing small boats, as well as several popular volumes on genetics. In his sf novel, Stringer's Folly (1951), a naively idealistic Scientist has created a long-range sterilization device, and comes to the conclusion that only a virile, ruthless country would be able to exploit the Eugenic potential of his ...

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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