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Cunningham, Scott

(1956-1993) US author of many popular works on Wicca, and of Operation: Death Ray (1982), an unassuming sf adventure featuring the eponymous Ray. [JC]

Hemry, John G

(1956-    ) US author best known for his Military SF sequences. The Stark series, beginning with Starks' War (2000) and ending with Stark's Crusade (2002), features near space conflict in the Near Future. The Paul Sinclair series, beginning with A Just Determination (2003) and ending with Against All Enemies (2006), features an adept legal officer in a Space Opera frame reminiscent of the Nick Seafort books by David Feintuch. The ongoing Lost Fleet sequence as by Jack ...

Unger, Kimberly

(?   -    ) US Videogame designer, teacher and author, in the latter capacity mostly of nonfantastic tales for Young Adult readers; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Sea Change" in Galaxy's Edge for September 2015. Her first novel with strong sf content is Nucleation (2020), a Hard SF Space Opera set initially at a mining installation in deep space, where the protagonist makes problematic First Contact with another civilization; Realpolitik and ...

Langdon-Davies, John

(1897-1971) South African-born poet and author, mostly in the UK from the age of six, a pacifist in World War One, and much involved in Spain and its conflicts during the interWar years; he is of some sf interest for A Short History of the Future (1936), which – like J D Bernal's The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1929 chap) – is essentially an exercise in Futures Studies avant la lettre, predicting a Utopian future by the end of the twentieth century. In the 1960s, he became very ...

Stevermer, Caroline

(1955-    ) US journalist and author whose fiction has been almost exclusively restricted to fantasy [see her entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], though she began her writing career with the Nicholas Coffin series of medieval mysteries, starting with The Alchemist: Death of a Borgia (1981) as C J Stevermer. Of sf interest is River Rats (1992), a Young Adult tale set in a Ruined Earth America some time after a nuclear Holocaust; the action takes place ...

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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