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Schwob, Marcel

(1867-1905) French author whose fantasies were influential on authors like Jorge Luis Borges; it is not known if Clark Ashton Smith read his work, though resemblances in tone and venue make this not unlikely. For his story "La Mort d'Odjigh" ["The Death of Odjigh"] (1892; trans by Iain White in The King in the Golden Mask, coll 1982), see Origin of Man. [JC]

Collier, Michael

(?   -    ) UK author of two unremarkable Doctor Who Ties, each referring to the Eighth Doctor: Doctor Who: Longest Day (1998) and Doctor Who: The Taint (1999). [JC]

Wright, Stephen

(1946-    ) US author whose only novel of sf interest, M31: A Family Romance (1988), is a Fabulation in an agglutinative style reminiscent of that used by William Gaddis (1922-1998) in The Recognitions (1955). Abandoned by their parents – Dot and Dash, who claim to be Aliens descended from the inhabitants of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31 in the Messier catalogue) – the protagonists of the book ricochet numbly through the nightmare shopping malls and 7-11s of modern ...

Clareson, Thomas D

(1926-1993) US editor, critic and professor of English. By the time he took his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1956, he had published his first sf criticism, "The Evolution of Science Fiction" (August 1953 Science Fiction Quarterly). He was perhaps best known for editing Extrapolation continuously from its founding in December 1959 to Winter 1989, at which point he handed over the reins to his then co-editor, Donald M Hassler; the rare first ten years' issues of this journal, the ...

Knight, Kathleen Moore

(1890-1984) US author of detective novels, mostly under her own name, occasionally as by Alan Amos; of sf interest is Pray for a Miracle (1941; vt Jungle Murder 1947) as by Alan Amos, a Lost World tale, set in a tropical jungle where deadly artefacts point to a hidden civilization. [JC]

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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