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Wood, Naomi

(1983-    ) UK author whose first novel, The Godless Boys (2011), is an Alternate History set in a Religion-dominated 1986 England; the Jonbar Point instigating the tale is unclear, though perhaps the absence of any reference to World War Two may be an index. The tale is mostly set on an offshore Island, where atheists have been exiled ever since the 1940s. Wood's second novel, Mrs Hemingway (2014), is nonfantastic. [JC]

Ansible

The Imaginary-Science device invented by Ursula K Le Guin for instantaneous communication between two points, regardless of the distance between them. The speculative Physics which led to its invention is described in The Dispossessed (1974), but the communicator is mentioned in a number of the Hainish series of stories written before The Dispossessed – the first being Rocannon's World (September 1964 Amazing as "The Dowry of Angyar"; exp 1966 dos; text corrected 1977) – and indeed ...

Clements, David

(?   -    ) Author of whom it is known only that his sole sf novel, for Robert Hale Limited, is The Backwater Man (1979). [DRL]

Rice, Jeff

Working name of US author Jeffrey Grant Rice (1944-2015), best known for his novel The Night Stalker (written 1970; 1973), which before publication was adapted by Richard Matheson as the made-for-television film The Night Stalker (1972). The protagonist of both book and film is newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, whose investigation of a serial killer leads to a Vampire culprit. The next, very similarly plotted episode of The Kolchak Papers, The Night Strangler (1974), is a Tie based on Matheson's ...

Williams, Robert Moore

(1907-1977) US author, active in the sf field under his own name and various pseudonyms, including John S Browning, H H Harmon, Russell Storm and the House Name E K Jarvis. He began publishing sf with "Zero as a Limit" for Astounding in 1934 as Robert Moore, and by the 1960s had published over 150 stories. Though most are unremarkable, he was an important supplier of competent genre fiction during these decades, and tales like "Robot's Return" (September 1938 Astounding) – a parable of ...

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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