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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Blackwood, Algernon

(1869-1951) UK author who spent a decade in Canada and the USA from the age of twenty, a period remembered in his partial autobiography Episodes Before Thirty (1923; vt Adventure Before Thirty 1934); a prolific author of novels and short stories for half a century. He served in World War One as an intelligence agent based in Switzerland, and in other roles. His novels of occult pantheism – best exemplified in ...

Maloney, Mack

Pseudonym of US author Brian Kelleher (1952-    ) for two sequences, the first being the Wingman series of Military SF sf novels set in a Ruined Earth America, beginning with Wingman (1987), pausing for well over a decade after Wingman #16: The Tomorrow War (1999), and resuming with Wingman #17: Attack on Area 51 (2013). The more ambitious Starhawk ...

Kent, Brad

A House Name used on four routine sf adventures published by Curtis Warren, three by Denis Hughes and Out of the Silent Places (1952) by Maurice G Hugi. [JC/DRL]

Gloag, John

(1896-1981) UK author, whose World War One experiences in the trenches – he was gassed by his own side – deeply affected his work. Though he wrote several novels, he was primarily active, from 1921, in the fields of social history, architecture and design, and his first work of sf interest was the nonfiction Artifex; Or, the Future of Craftsmanship (1926 chap), an early contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow ...

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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