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Snegov, Sergei

Pseudonym of Russian author Sergei Iosifovich Shtein (1910-1994), whose Posol bez Veritel'nyh Gramo (coll of linked stories 1977; trans Alex Miller as Ambassador Without Credentials 1989) describes the interstellar adventures of two sibling Scientists, Roy and Henry Vasilyev, as they confront problems couched in Thought Experiment frames, sometimes involving mysterious deaths that must be ...

Healy, Raymond J

(1907-1997) US editor who, in collaboration with J Francis McComas, compiled the 35-story, thousand-page Adventures in Time and Space: An Anthology of Modern Science-Fiction Stories (anth 1946; cut 1952; differently cut 1953; cut vt Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1954; recut vt More Adventures in Time and Space: Selections from Adventures in Time and Space 1955; text restored, vt ...

Slattery, Brian Francis

(1975-    ) US author, editor, and musician, whose early short fiction, beginning with "The Things that Get You" in Glimmer for Spring 2002, often partakes (if faintly) of the fantastic, which he began to explore more deeply with Spaceman Blues: A Love Song (2007), an exuberant fantasy – some of whose elements, such as Aliens and Underground environments, belong rather to sf – ...

Harlan, Thomas

(1964-    ) US Wargame designer and author, who focused initially on fantasy, primarily the Oath of Empire series beginning with The Shadow of Ararat (1999), set in an Alternate World lacking a specific sf frame. He is of sf interest for the Time of the Sixth Sun sequence, comprising Wasteland of Flint (2003), House of Reeds (2004) and ...

Miller, Walter M, Jr

(1923-1996) US author who before beginning to publish served in World War Two as a pilot, flying combat missions; he then converted to Catholicism, in 1947. Miller began publishing sf with "Secret of the Death Dome" in Amazing in 1951, and over the ten years of his active writing career released about forty more tales, many of which had a deep impact upon the field. During the 1950s, a time when US sf tended to express its new-found interest in character through ...

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 ...

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