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McConnell, James V

(1925-1990) US biologist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Life Sentence" for Galaxy Science Fiction in January 1953, and who in 1959 founded a science magazine-cum-Fanzine, The Worm Runner's Digest, in which alongside scientific papers (in particular on planarian worms, his speciality) he published spoofs and Satires. Many of these are assembled as ...

Haggard, J Harvey

(1912-2001) US author and railwayman, known primarily for his stories in the early sf Pulp magazines, chiefly Wonder Stories. His first story, "Faster Than Light" (October 1930 Wonder Stories) was written when he was seventeen in response to a contest in Air Wonder Stories and takes on the bold idea of accelerating to the speed of light and breaking through ...

Reilly, Matthew

(1974-    ) Australian author, resident for some years in the USA, most of his work being thrillers in which secret histories of the world are treated in a manner Equipoisal between sf and the occult. His first novel, Contest (1996; rev 2003), is a Godgame tale: with others, the protagonist is Teleported into a maze-like Library by ...

Gearhart, Sally Miller

(1931-2021) US author of lesbian-Feminist works – including A Feminist Tarot (1976) with Susan Rennie – and former Professor of Speech and Communication Studies at San Francisco State University. Her first sf book, one of the most extreme of those that envisage men and women as effectively different races, is The Wanderground: Stories of the Hill Women (coll of linked stories 1980). It is set in the outlaw, all-women, ...

Barnard, Keith

(?   -    ) UK author whose two sf novels combine horror tropes and Medicine; the particular focus in Embryo (1990) is made clear by its title, while The Betz Cell (1991) applies Near Future medical science to communicating with the dead. [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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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