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Martyn, Wyndham

Pseudonym of UK author William Henry Martin Hosken (1874-1963), in the US from around 1905, just before he began publishing fiction in American magazines, sometimes as W H G Wyndham Martin, Croydon Heath, or William Grenvil. He seems to have written (and may have lived as) Wyndham Martyn from an early date. Most of his thrillers involve secret agents, without fantastic content; the Anthony Trent sequence features a criminal who solves mysteries the police cannot. Nightmare Castle (1935) is a ...

Diffin, Charles W

(1884-1966) US engineer, airplane salesman and author who graduated with a degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Buffalo, New York. He was most active with the magazines published by William Clayton and Street & Smith. He was one of the better writers whom Harry Bates encouraged to write for the new Astounding Stories (see Astounding), though he rapidly descended into formulaic fiction. His first, "Spawn of the Stars" (February 1930 Astounding), has Earth invaded by ...

Kellogg, Vernon

(1867-1937) US entomologist, biologist and author; initially a pacifist in World War One, he recorded that his shock at the brutal implications of the Social Darwinism promulgated by senior German officers he met forced a change of mind, as he recorded in Headquarters Nights [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1917) (see also Eugenics). These encounters may have inspired Nuova; Or, the New Bee: A Story for Children of Five to Fifty (1920), in which Utopian topoi commingle with Beast Fable [see ...

Day, Kate Hope

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, If, Then (2019), which is set in a sheaf of Parallel Worlds, traces the experiences of several protagonists each of whom is undergoing visions of their lives in different realities; those visitations giving access to the Near Future are increasingly dark with premonitions. In her second novel, the Near Future In the Quick (2021), a precocious young astronaut, assigned to duty on an Earth-orbiting Space Station, mixes ...

Palmer, Suzanne

(?    -    ) US author and computer system administrator who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Ins and Outs of Intergalactic Diplomacy" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for August/September 2005. She topped the Asimov's Readers' Poll in various categories (including Poetry) from 2016 to 2020. Her Hard SF story "The Secret Life of Bots" (September 2017 Clarkesworld) won a Hugo as best novelette, and her novella "Waterlines" ...

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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