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Train, Arthur

(1875-1945) US author and lawyer, best known for work outside the sf field, particularly his legal series about the lawyer Ephraim Tutt. Some of the stories assembled in Mortmain (coll 1907) – including the title story, "Mortmain" (2 June 1906 Saturday Evening Post), in the magazine where most of his fiction first appeared – verge on sf. In the first volume of Benjamin Hooker sequence, The Man Who Rocked the Earth (14-28 November 1914 Saturday Evening Post; 1915) with Robert ...

Naha, Ed

(1950-    ) US author and journalist, at one time the Los Angeles-based movie correspondent for the New York Post; between July 1986 and September 1990 he ran the regular movie and television Nahallywood column in Science Fiction Chronicle. His nonfiction books, aimed at a popular market, include: Horrors – From Screen to Scream (1975); The Science Fictionary: An A-Z Guide to the World of SF Authors, Films and TV Shows (1980), a small, selective encyclopedia that is ...

Tanner, Mack

(1937-    ) US author perhaps best known for his nonfiction advocacy of an armed America, Armed-Citizen Solution to Crime in the Streets: So Many Criminals, So Few Bullets (1995). In his Target series of thrillers, Target: Intruder (1990) features an ancient deepsea Monster and its assault on American warships. [JC]

Morris, Desmond

(1928-    ) UK painter, zoologist and author who remains best known for popularizations of sociobiology, arguing in The Naked Ape: A Zoologist's Study of the Human Animal (1967) that human behaviour could be usefully studied (though not comprehensively defined) through ethological comparisons with our primate relatives. He is of some sf interest for his only novel, Inrock (1983; exp 2013), whose young protagonist enters a surreal Underground world, accessible through rock ...

Mammay, Michael

(?   -    ) US army officer (now retired) and author who has specialized in Military SF, primarily the Planetside sequence beginning with Planetside (2016), where a retired army officer is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a politician's son from a Space Station orbiting a planet ruined by War, though it continues to harbour Aliens. Action ensues. The sequels follow the extremely competent retiree into different roles on different worlds; in ...

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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