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Murphy, David

(1953-    ) Irish author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Undertow" for FTL in 1989, was a founding editor of the Irish genre magazine Albedo One (a position from which he stepped down in 2013) and has assembled his stories in Broken Heroes (coll 1995 chap), Alienations: Stories of the Near Future (coll 1998 chap) and further collections listed below. His first novel, Longevity City (2005), is a Paranoia-infused vision of a new future world under the almost ...

Nabokov, Vladimir

(1899-1977) Russian-born US poet, translator, entomologist and author. Raised in Russia until the Revolution, and then educated at Cambridge, he lived between the wars in Germany and France, writing as by V Sirin; he emigrated to the USA in 1940 – at which point he began to write in English rather than Russian (he had been an accomplished translator from English into Russian for some years) – and from 1959 lived in Switzerland. His first books of poetry date from the teens of the ...

Robeson, Kenneth

A House Name for authors writing the Doc Savage series as it appeared 1933-1949 in Doc Savage magazine, published by Street & Smith. The Robeson name is most strongly associated with Lester Dent, who wrote all but 43 of the Doc Savage stories; other authors involved in that initial run included William G Bogart, Harold A Davis, Laurence Donovan, Alan Hathway and W Ryerson Johnson. Three stories – The Man of Bronze: Doc Savage and his Pals in a Novel of Unusual Adventure (1933; vt Doc ...

Hecht, Ben

(1894-1964) US journalist, playwright, screenwriter, publisher and author, active from 1910 in Chicago with Bohemian literary circles as a journalist before becoming exceedingly successful in Hollywood as a screenwriter, the first of his seventy or more scripts dating from the late 1920s, all nonfantastic, many for films that have become famous. His writings are particularly notable for their cynicism, Iconoclasm and irony. Many of his short stories border on Science Fantasy, most vividly "The ...

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. /

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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