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An sf group active 1938-1945, significantly located in New York, then and now the publishing centre for American sf. The group was notable for radical politics and the conviction that sf fans should be forward-looking and constructive; the name came from J Michael Rosenblum's UK fanzine, The Futurian. Though deeply involved in Fanzine publishing and internal ...

Syrett, Netta

Working name of UK author Janet Syrett (1865-1943), whose fantasy tales, usually for younger children, are of little contemporary interest, a novel like The Castle of Four Towers (1909) for instance explaining its Timeslip structure as a dream [for fuller entry on Syrett see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In her earlier career, however, as the niece of Grant ...

Petaja, Emil

(1915-2000) US author of Finnish descent, most of whose earlier fiction was fantasy rather than sf; occasionally he wrote as E Theodore Pine (once with Henry L Hasse), though only in magazines. He began publishing in 1935 with "The Two Doors" for the semiprozine Unusual Stories; his first professional sale was "Time Will Tell" for Amazing in June 1942. Some of his early work can be found in ...

Hughes, Kerrie L

(1966-    ) US author and editor, married to John Helfers. An occasional short story writer, starting with "Judgment" in Haunted Holidays (anth 2004) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Russell Davies. From 2005 she has worked as an anthologist, co-editing several themed volumes with Martin H Greenberg and others, but later moving on to become sole editor of various ...

Mittié, Jean-Corisandre

(?   -?   ) French author of Descente en Angleterre ["The Raid on England"] (1798), a very early example of the Future-War Invasion tale, here conceived in dramatic form, apparently farcical; any close resemblance to the much later Battle of Dorking mode is unestablished. [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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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