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Wyatt, Patrick

Pseudonym of a UK author (?   -    ), possibly female. Wyatt's Irish Rose (1975) is a love story set in a Post-Holocaust world, after the "Pill War" – instigated by the sterility and dying off of almost all white women through their use of a poisonous form of the Pill; a misogynist, homosexual society has grown up in Ireland, but the protagonist, dodging its worst effects, begins to benefit from the ...

Williams, Jay

(1914-1978) US actor and author of at least 100 novels, mostly for children, though he wrote mysteries as by Michael Delving and some adult fiction. His first novel, The Stolen Oracle (1943), was an historical tale containing an element of fantasy; many of his singletons were similarly constructed. He is best known for the Danny Dunn sequence of Children's SF tales, beginning with Danny Dunn and the Anti-Gravity Paint (1956) ...

Kring, Michael K

(1952-    ) US author whose Space Mavericks series of Space Operas The Space Mavericks (1980) and Children of the Night (1981) – carries its protagonists through various adventures but not to their destination planet: the conclusion to the series was never published, due to difficulties experienced by Kring's publisher, Leisure Books. [JC]

Cheney, Matthew

(1976-    ) US editor and author, who has been involved in the republication of works by Samuel R Delany, including The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction (1978; rev 2009), which he introduced. He began publishing works of genre interest with "Fragments" in Rabid Transit: Menagerie (anth 2005) edited by Ratbastard. A substantial selection of his work has been assembled as ...

Maynard, Richard

(1926-    ) UK-born author, resident in Australia, whose The Coconut Book (1985), about a man stranded on an Island, is of some interest. The Quiet Place (1988; vt The Return 1988) rather overcomplicatedly describes the long hegira of a group of astronauts who, due to time dilation (see Relativity), find a Ruined Earth landscape on their ...

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 ...

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