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Staig, Laurence

(1950-    ) UK journalist, teacher and author who has also written Horror as by Christopher Carr, and who began publishing sf with "Hello Hugo" in Twisted Circuits (anth 1987) edited by Mick Gowar, and whose vigorously-told sf and fantasy, usually for Young Adult readers, include The Network (1988), an Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in which the London Underground becomes animate, and Dark Toys and Consumer Goods (coll 1989), which includes ...

Stead, Robert J C

(1880-1959) Canadian poet and author, best known for the nonfantastic novel Grain (1926). Of some sf interest are Dennison Grant: A Novel of To-Day (1920), in which the unpacking of a Utopian land settlement scheme infers a movement into the Near Future; and The Copper Disc (1931) features a Mad Scientist who plans to rule the world through the powers contained in the eponymous object. [JC]

Berla, Kathryn

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Young Adult tales in various genres; much of her work is nonfantastic. She is of interest for two novels. Dream Me (2017) features a young man named Zat from the wasteland Earth of what may be the moderately distant Near Future;, he has been using Time Travel to return to the contemporary world where he inhabits the dreams of the girl he loves, but his occupancy of her dreams is damaging her health. Health issues also trigger ...

Gonzales, Laurence

(1947-    ) US author, mostly of nonfiction, including Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (2003). He is of sf interest for Lucy (2010), an Apes as Human tale whose protagonist discovers after he has adopted the child of a dead colleague in Africa that she is the result of a Eugenic experiment in Genetic Engineering, and that she is half-human half-bonobo. [JC]

Weinberg, Robert E

(1946-2016) US editor, publisher, bookseller and author of Fanzines – in particular Pulp 1970-1981 – focusing on his main interest, the Pulp-magazine world. Much of his task as an editor and publisher was to rediscover and reprint magazine stories from the pulps which might otherwise have disappeared utterly. Though he began to publish fiction of genre interest with "Destroyer" in If for May 1969, his professional fiction was infrequent until much later; his earliest work seems to ...

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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