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Clare, Cassandra

Pseudonym of Iranian-born author Judith Rumelt (1973-    ), in the US from an early age, who signed as Cassandra Claire for early fan fiction; she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Girl's Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord" in Turn the Other Chick (anth 2004) edited by Esther Friesner, but soon focused on longer book-length titles. She is best-known for two linked series of Young Adult Urban Fantasies (see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below); the ...

Yefremov, Ivan

(1908-1972) Russian palaeontologist and author, a leading figure in the renaissance of Soviet sf (see Russia); his surname has also been transliterated as Efremov. He began writing "geographical" sf on a modest scale in the 1940s, assembling his early work in Vstretcha Nad Tuskaroroi (coll 1944; trans M and N Nicholas as A Meeting Over Tuscarora; And Other Adventure Stories 1946), Piat' Rumbo ["Five Wind's Quarters"] (coll 1944) and elsewhere. Some of the contents of the first volume overlap ...

Elliott, George P

(1918-1980) US author and academic, many of whose short stories were sf or fantasy, the first of genre interest being "The Hill" (February 1948 Pacific). He is best remembered for "Among the Dangs" (June 1958 Esquire), assembled in Among the Dangs: Ten Short Stories (coll 1960), which deals with an imaginary South American tribe and has been widely reprinted within and outside the genre; his essay "Discovering the Dangs", in Conversions: Literature and the Modernist Deviation (coll 1971), ...

Scott, Deborah

(?   -    ) US teacher and author of the Young Adult California Kid sequence comprising The Kid Who Got Zapped through Time (1997) and The California Kid Fights Back (1998), in which the Kid is sent by his Computer by Timeslip to mediaeval England, which he disdains, and when he is sent back again, in the second volume, hates all the more. Things are primitive there. [JC]

Captain Zero

US Pulp magazine, three bimonthly issues, November 1949-March 1950, published by Recreational Reading Corp., Indiana, edited anonymously by Alden H Norton. Each issue contained a novel written by prolific pulp author G T Fleming-Roberts (1910-1968). As a result of a radiation overdose, Captain Zero (alias "The Master of Midnight") becomes involuntarily invisible at night; he uses his unwanted gift to operate against the underworld. When invisible he speaks in italics. This, the last of the hero ...

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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