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Hersey, John

(1914-1993) US author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, born to missionary parents in China where he lived until he was ten; he is perhaps best known for his early book-length essay on the first use of the atomic bomb in warfare, Hiroshima (31 August 1946 The New Yorker; 1946), probably the first text to qualify as a "non-fiction novel", and the most illustrious example of the form. The Child Buyer (1960), a Near-Future ...

Straus, Ralph

(1882-1950) UK author who also published as by Ralph Strode; his only sf novel, The Dust which Is God: An Undimensional Adventure (1907 chap), confronts a frustrated scientist (see Mad Scientist) whose mentor from another Dimension serves as his Virgilian guide on a tour of various exemplary planets (see Cosmology; Utopia), where he learns that the goal of ...

Leinonen, Anne

(1973-    ) Finnish author active in Finnish Fandom who came initially to prominence with the Young Adult Routasisarukset ["Children of the Frost"] sequence beginning with Routasisarukset ["Children of the Frost"] (2011) with Elija Lappalainen, set in a remote Ruined Earth land; the young protagonist, possibly a throwback (see ...

SF Site

Web-based science fiction magazine launched by John O'Neill and Rodger Turner in June 1997, making it one of the oldest sf websites still operating regularly. O'Neill left to launch Black Gate, a site devoted primarily to fantasy and gaming (first issue, November 2000) but Turner continues as editor to this day, assisted by Wayne McLaurin and Neil Walsh. Originally published as a rolling series of updates to the home page, the ...

Gordon, Stuart [2]

(1947-2020) US screenwriter, playwright and director who co-wrote the sf or Science Fantasy play trilogy Warp! with Lenny Kleinfeld, the latter writing as by Bury St Edmund; it was performed by the Chicago Organic Theater company in 1971, had a short Broadway run in February 1973, and was adapted for Comics (thus coming full circle since it been inspired by various Marvel Comics titles, ...

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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