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Gordimer, Nadine

(1923-2014) South African author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. From her long career – she began publishing short fiction in 1937 – one novel is of sf interest, July's People (1981), set in a disarrayed Near Future South Africa; a white family is rescued from danger by its Black servant. Like other Gordimer novels touching on the politics and future of apartheid, the book was banned by the South African government of the day. [JC]

Quest, Rodney

Pseudonym of UK engineer, soldier and author John Scott-Taggart (1897-1979), involved professionally in radio research from his early years, contributing to Wireless World from about 1914, serving as a radio instructor in World War One, obtaining over 30 patents and establishing the Radio Press in 1922; he became a barrister in 1928. His Countdown to Doomsday (1966) is a Near Future thriller in which the End of the World is barely averted. [JC/MA]

Lang, King

A House Name used by Curtis Warren on a number of sf novels: five by David Griffiths and one each by George Hay, Brian Holloway, John William Jennison and E C Tubb. See Checklist below. [JC]

Yumemakura Baku

(1951-    ) Writing name of Mineo Yoneyama, a fiercely prolific Japanese author whose work spans hundreds of volumes encompassing the depths of Pulp and the heights of literary awards. The concentration here is on his works as author, although much of his impact outside Japan is as the scriptwriter or original source for adaptations of his work into other media, including Manga, Cinema, and a theatrical collaboration with Yoshitaka Amano, as well as the Garō-den ...

Rhoades, Walter

(1860-1927) UK author of The Hidden City: A Story of Central America (1907), a Lost World tale for boys set in Central America. Rhoades wrote a number of other novels aimed at boys. [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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