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Wingrove, David

(1954-    ) UK critic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Photographs" in Focus for Spring 1980, though he has written very little short fiction since, some of it as by Fara Jackson. His career has broken into two logical sequences. Initially he concentrated on critical work, the earliest significant example of which – The Immortals of Science Fiction (1980) – was printed but never officially released, due to the bankruptcy of its ...

Silas, A E

(?   -    ) US author whose only novel to date, The Panorama Egg (1978), is a Science Fantasy tale whose protagonist collects panorama eggs – hollowed-out eggs with vistas painted on their interior walls – and is given one which serves as a portal to another Dimension. His life within this Pocket Universe soon devolves into a series of fantasy experiences, including a need to use Magic to depose a Dark Lord. [JC]

MacCreagh, Gordon

(circa 1889-1953) Scottish traveller and author, in USA from 1911; he began publishing his tales of adventure in Pulp magazines from about 1913, some of these, like "The Hand of Saint Ury" (January 1951 Weird Tales), having supernatural content; his nonfiction, in particular The Last of Free Africa (1928) [for subtitle see Checklist], was widely read. Of sf interest are two Lost Race tales: The Inca's Ransom: An Adventure Story (10 July 1924 Adventure; exp 1926), set in the Andes, where a tribe ...

Jay, Peter

(1937-    ) UK author, economist and former diplomat who served as the UK Ambassador to the USA 1977-1979. His Future History Apocalypse 2000: Economic Breakdown and the Suicide of Democracy (1987) with Michael Stewart, was inefficient as fiction but acute about the pleasures and miseries of late capitalism, which is portrayed as being consumed by debt; the Predictions of Far Eastern financial ruin and international irrelevance were, on the other hand, imperceptive. [JC]

Edmondson, G C

Working name of Mexican-born US translator and author José Mario Garry Ordoñez Edmondson y Cotton (1922-1995) for all his writing except his Westerns, which are as by Kelly P Gast, J B Masterson and Jake Logan. He published his first sf, "Blessed are the Meek" with Astounding in 1955, and was active in the magazines for the next decade, particularly in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, where his Mad Friend stories appeared. Assembled as Stranger than You Think (coll of ...

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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