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Goodchild, George

(1888-1969) UK thriller and adventure author and playwright. His first sf novel, The Eye of Abu (1927) as by Alan Dare, was an Atlantean (see Atlantis) Lost-World novel relating the discovery of the Fountain of Youth. As Goodchild he followed this with The Monster of Grammont (1927), marginally sf; The Emperor of Hallelujah Island (1930), about a kingdom of criminals; A Message from Space (26 March-17 September 1921 The Children's Newspaper, subtitled "A Thrilling Story of Flying Adventures ...

Hersey, Harold

(1893-1956) US editor, publisher, short-story author and poet. A man of great energy and relatively little talent, Hersey edited such sf Pulp magazines as Thrill Book, Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories and Mystery Adventures, though most of his editorial work was not sf-related. His early writing, all negligible, appeared under various pseudonyms; but Night (coll 1923), a Poetry collection, has superb artwork by Elliott Dold, and Pulpwood Editor (1937) is an informative (albeit anecdotal) ...

Saintcrow, Lilith

(1976-    ) US author of several series in closely associated genres, most of them incorporating more than one mode: the mix usually involves paranormal romance topoi, sometimes in connection with Vampires, sometimes with Werewolves; and Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], sometimes set in the Near Future. Her first series, the Watcher sequence beginning with Dark Watcher (2004), is an historical fantasy that edges towards some underlying sf ...

McGrady, Rev T

(1863-1907) Irish-born Roman Catholic priest and author, in the US from early adulthood; in Beyond the Black Ocean (1901), a temperate Lost World within the Arctic Circle turns out to comprise an Archipelago (see also Islands) of societies, each founded by refugees from various countries in the outside world, strays from America inhabiting the island of Toadia, and so forth. The original inhabitants of this virtual Pocket Universe are the Lost Tribes of Israel, whose Technology is in advance of ...

Wilson, Robert Charles

(1953-    ) US-born author, in Canada from 1962, who began to publish sf with "Equinocturne" for Analog in February 1975 as by Bob Chuck Wilson, though he did not make a significant impact on the field until the 1980s. It was then that he began to publish his polished and inventive novels, which from the first tend to posit an emotion-drenched binary between the mundane world and a better or more intense or intriguingly more alive otherworld, which may be defined in sf ...

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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