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Lalley, Paul

(?   -    ) US author of a Disaster thriller, The Colony (1979), which features the destruction of a small town by a plague of abnormal ants, who may be governed by a Hive Mind. [JC]

Zhemaitis, Sergei

(1908-1987) Russian author who began to publish work of genre interest with the juvenile Miniaturization story Alesha Perets v strane gomunkulusov (1959 chap). His Young Adult tale, Vechnyĭ Veter: Fantasticheskaíà Povest' (in Mir priklyuchenij. Al'manakh 13, anth 1967; 1970; trans Gladys Evans as Eternal Wind 1975), set Under the Sea in the Indian Ocean, where researches in advanced Biology have been undertaken. A second title in this Deti okeana sequence, Bol'shaya Laguna ...

Rubinstein, Paul

(1935-    ) Polish-born author, in US from before World War Two, son of the pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982); author mostly of cookbooks, though The Petrodollar Takeover (1975) with Peter Tanous is of sf interest as a Near Future tale in which Saudi Arabia attempts to stabilize its precarious relationship with Iran by buying stock in General Motors. [JC]

Ye Yonglie

(1940-2020) Chinese author and occasional film director, sometimes under the pen-names Ye Yang, Ye Ting, Xiao Yong or Jiu Yuan, whose output stretches to fifty volumes of material, of which twenty-four are listed as "works popularizing science". A graduate in chemistry from Beijing University, Ye published his first poem aged eleven, and his first book while still a student. Aged twenty, he became one of the lead authors in the best-selling periodical Shiwan ge Weishenme ["100,000 Whys"] ...


Pseudonym of New Zealand-born UK author Alice Dew-Smith (1859-1949) of A White Umbrella and Other Stories (coll 1895); in the third story, "A Ballet in the Skies", the narrator is taken to the Moon by "flowers". [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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