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Whittington, Harry

(1915-1989) US author, principally of westerns and hard-boiled detective fiction. Of sf relevance is one Tie to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968), being The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #2: The Doomsday Affair (1965). Here a Villain codenamed Tixe Ylno ("Exit Only") – somewhat reminiscent of James Bond's adversaries, with a complex HQ installation where the final confrontation occurs – plots to destroy the world but is inevitably prevented. Whittington also contributed four lead novellas ...

Scanziani, Piero

(1908-2003) Swiss journalist and author active from around the late 1920s, several of whose novels are Fantastika, some being of sf interest. The protagonists of I cinque continenti ["The Five Continents"] (1942; rev 1983) visit a small Island which proves to be inhabited by the last survivors of Atlantis; the investigation of the nature of the life of the eponymous protagonist of Felix (1952; rev 1980) depends on its being conducted in the year 2000; and Libro bianco (1968; rev 1983; trans ...

Schwahn, John George

(?   -?   ) US author of The Tableau; Or, Heaven as a Republic (1892), a Utopia governed by a strict adherence to reason. [JC]

Lapine, Warren

(1964-    ) US heavy-metal musician (prior to his publishing career), author, editor and Small Press publisher who began to publish work of genre interest with "Desolation" for the Fanzine The Equinox in 1992. He has occasionally used the pseudonym Jamie Wild for stories published in his own magazines, in particular Absolute Magnitude [see below]. Nineteen of his stories are assembled as Just Like the Jetsons (coll 2006). / Lapine's greatest importance to the genre is as ...

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 The Astonishing Island: Being a Veracious Record of the Experiences Undergone By Robinson Lippingtree Mackintosh from Tristan Da Cunha During an Accidental Visit to Unknown Territory in the Year of Grace MCMXXX-? (1933): the ...

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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