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Maël, Peter

Joint pseudonym of French authors Charles Causse (1862-1904) and Charles Vincent (1851-1920); most of their work as Peter Maël was directed to the children's market; of sf interest is one of these, Une Française au Pôle Nord (1893 magazine not identified; 1893; trans anon as Under the Sea to the North Pole 1893), the ship in question being a futuristic submarine (see Under the Sea). [JC]


Pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916), Burma-born UK author and journalist in England from infancy; noted for the acerbic wit and grace of his fiction, almost all of it in short forms. In the late 1890s he began writing contemporary political sketches, inspired and illustrated by F Carruthers Gould, for The Westminster Gazette as by Saki, the name of the "Minister of Wine" in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, publishing these Parodies of Lewis Carroll as The Westminster Alice ...

Miesel, Sandra

(1941-    ) US critic and author, with degrees in chemistry and medieval history. Her involvement in sf was initially as a fan; from 1967 on she published at least seventy-five pieces in Fanzines. As a critic she became active in the 1970s, her first book being Myth, Symbol, and Religion in The Lord of the Rings (1973 chap) on J R R Tolkien. Her next book, Against Time's Arrow: The High Crusade of Poul Anderson (1979 chap), was her first significant assessment of either Poul ...

Anonymous SF Authors

This rubric covers the authors of works which, in their first edition, appeared with no indication of authorship whatsoever, and any in which authorship is indicated only by a row of asterisks or some similar symbol; cases where authorship has never been ascertained are discussed in the author entry for Anonymous. Works attributed to "the author of ..." are considered anonymous only if the work referred to is itself anonymous. Cases where subsequent editions reveal authorship are included; all ...

Malone, Walter

(1866-1915) US lawyer, poet and author The Coming of the King (coll 1897), which contains varied material, including "The Last Days of the Moon" in which the Moon's inhabitants prepare for their home's loss of atmosphere, and escape to Earth. [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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