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Metzger, Robert A

(1956-    ) US electrical engineer, technical journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "An Unfiltered Man" for Aboriginal in September/October 1987, publishing his short fiction almost exclusively with that magazine until it ceased publication in 2001. As a Hard SF writer who has stated he has "the temperament of an engineer", he tends to write stories in which problems are solvable, often within a Thought Experiment frame. His first novel, Quad ...

Morgan, J M

Working name of US author Jill Meredith Morgan (1946-    ), most of work has been horror for Young Adult readers as by Morgan Fields, Jill Morgan and Jessica Pierce. The Spider's Child series as by Pierce, beginning with The Spider's Child: Volume 1: Trapped (1994), is an early example of the fruitful fantasy topos in which the protagonist is trapped within a book [for Book and Story see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Of sf interest is the Desert Eden ...

Madariaga, Salvador de

(1886-1978) Spanish diplomat and man of letters who spent much of his life after 1916 in the UK and Switzerland, in particular between 1936 and 1975, during the rule of General Franco (1892-1975). In his sf novel, The Sacred Giraffe: Being the Second Volume of the Posthumous Works of Julio Arceval (1925), which is set in 6922 CE, the Blacks – who have survived much history, including the submergence of Europe – argue over the possibility that Whites ever actually existed (see Race ...

Platts, W Carter

(1864-1944) UK author whose spoof sf collection, Up-To-To-Morrow; Or, Mr Chumson's Experiments (coll of linked stories 1903), depicts a series of Inventions, most of them sf, and their comical failure. [JC]

Darkover [series]

Popular sequence of Planetary Romances by Marion Zimmer Bradley (whom see for fuller discussion), beginning with The Planet Savers (November 1958 Amazing; 1962 dos) and The Sword of Aldones (1962) – though these are preceded in internal chronology by Darkover Landfall (1972), in which the first human colonists reach the planet Darkover, and by other prequel volumes. The flavour is of Science Fantasy, with much conflict revolving around Psi Powers and Psionic "matrix" crystals; strong ...

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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