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Gunther, John

(1901-1970) US author, best known for the memoir of the death of his child, Death, Be Not Proud (1948). Of some sf interest are Eden for One: An Amusement (1927; vt Peter Lancelot: An Amusement 1927), in which a mage from another Dimension gives young Peter the opportunity to create an Alternate World to thrive in, which he takes; and The Bright Nemesis (1932), a Graustarkian (see George Barr McCutcheon; Ruritania) thriller set in an obscure Balkan country called Corcisco. [JC]

MacAulay, David

(1946-    ) UK-born artist and author, in the US from 1958; much of his work, beginning with Cathedral: The Story of its Construction (1973), has concentrated on architectural subjects, a focus reflected in Unbuilding (graph 1980), which depicts in pictures and text the hypothetical demolition of the Empire State Building (see New York), and in The Way Things Work (graph 1988), where nonfantastic machines and artefacts are explained graphically by showing how woolly mammals ...

Heard, Gerald

Working name of UK speculative journalist, Californian spiritual guru and author Henry Fitzgerald Heard (1889-1971), who usually signed himself as H F Heard for his American publications after he moved to the USA in 1937; for medical reasons he was rejected for military service in World War One, perhaps because he was homosexual. He is perhaps best remembered for his association with Aldous Huxley in investigations of the Vedanta cult and for such speculative studies as The Ascent of Humanity: ...

Remenham, John

Pseudonym of UK physician and author John Alexander Vlasto (1877-1958), whose The Lurking Shadow (1946) is a Doppelganger tale clearly derived from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886). The Peacemaker (1947) is a Near Future tale whose protagonist, an arms manufacturer who wants to put his huge fortune to good use, decides to create universal peace. Under his own name, Vlasto wrote several thrillers. [JC]

Snodgrass, Melinda M

(1951-    ) US lawyer, television screenwriter and author who was strongly associated with Star Trek in her early career, her first novel being Star Trek: The Tears of the Singers (1984); she also served as Executive Script Consultant for the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Of greater sf interest is the Circuit Trilogy – Circuit (1986), Circuit Breaker (1987) and Final Circuit (1988) – which takes a handsome Federal Court judge and his ...

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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