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Wollheim, Betsy

Working name of Elizabeth R Wollheim (1954-    ), US editor and publisher, daughter of Donald A Wollheim; she worked as an associate editor of his DAW Books from 1975, took over the DAW presidency from him when his health began to fail in 1985, and still runs the company as President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, the last two roles shared with Sheila E Gilbert. On taking over the company she generally continued its established traditions – though E C Tubb's Dumarest ...

Gu Junzheng

(1902-1980) Chinese author and translator whose handful of genre works represented the bulk, indeed almost all, Chinese sf published in the troubled 1930s, with the exception of Lao She's Maocheng Ji ["A Record of the City of Cats"] (1933; rev 1947; trans W A Lyell as Cat Country 1970). Gu was the son of a rice trader, and poverty curtailed his education after high school, although he subsequently became a primary school teacher, and then the editor of a series of juvenile magazines in ...

Williamson, Jill

(?   -    ) US author most of whose works are explicitly (and it is to presumed all are in fact) doctrinally consistent with her particular Christian faith (see Religion). Her numerous fantasies [not given in Checklist below] are clear examples of this procedure from conviction. Of sf interest is the Safe Lands sequence beginning with Captives (2013), which describes in Young Adult terms a Near Future Dystopian world, which offers illicit pleasures of the ...

Star Trek: Insurrection

Film (1998). Paramount. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Michael Piller; story Rick Berman & Piller. Cast includes F Murray Abraham, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Frakes, Gates McFadden, Donna Murphy, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart. 103 minutes. Colour. / A utopian world with a fountain of youth is targeted by the Federation for appropriation at the expense of the resident population, who turn out to be post-technological and thus undefended by Prime Directive; the ...

Hoffman, Lee

Working name of US sf fan and author Shirley Bell Hoffman (1932-2007), married (1956-1958) to Larry T Shaw. She first became known in the field for her two influential Fanzines, Quandry (30 issues 1950-1953) and Science-Fiction Five-Yearly (12 issues on the stated schedule, 1951-2006); the latter won the fanzine Hugo after her death. Between 1979 and 1983, Hoffman published three historical romances as Georgia York, though she is probably best known for her Westerns, of which she wrote ...

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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