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Cross, Gillian

(1945-    ) UK author, primarily for children, in various genres, including the Demon Headmaster sequence of horror tales [see Checklist below]. Of sf interest are Born of the Sun (1983), in which the search for an Incan Lost World intersects with family romance; New World (1992), in which adventures within a Virtual Reality world turn nightmarish; Pictures in the Dark (1996), about the consequences of the protagonist's photographing an unknown animal; and the Dark Ground ...

McCoy, Nathaniel P

Pseudonym of UK art publisher and author George Grandison Millar (circa 1860-1913), whose The Gold Makers (1911) is a thriller involving the Transmutation of metals. In real life Millar was a shareholder of the Scottish metallurgical company Kosmoid Ltd [see links below], established in 1904, which planned to produce mercury and perhaps gold by transmutation of lead; The Gold Makers is seemingly a roman à clef transplantation of Kosmoid's tangled affairs from Scotland to Boston, ...

Hodgson, William Hope

(1877-1918) UK author who ran away to sea in his youth and was deeply affected by his experiences aboard ship: he never lost a profound fascination, reflected in all his poetry and most of his stories and essays, for the mysteries of the sea. His first published story was "The Goddess of Death" for Royal Magazine in April 1904. His fantastic sea stories – the first was "From the Tideless Sea" (April 1906 Monthly Story Magazine; exp with addition of "More News from the Homebird" [August ...

Scortia, Thomas N

(1926-1986) US chemist and author, active in solid-propellant research in the aerospace industry during the 1960s before becoming a full-time writer in 1970. He had already been publishing craftsmanlike stories for sixteen years, beginning with "The Prodigy" for Science Fiction Adventures in March 1954; known pseudonyms for short work in the sf magazines are Scott Nichols and Gerald MacDow (Arthur R Kurtz has also been given as a Scortia pseudonym). Some of his better work is assembled in ...

Chetwynd, Bridget

(1910-1970) UK author, mother of Tom Chetwynd; in her sf novel, Future Imperfect (1946), women run the world (see Feminism), leaving men behind, though romantic elements intervene. [JC]

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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