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Dann, Jack

(1945-    ) US author and anthologist, with a BA in social/political science, married initially to Jeanne Van Buren Dann and from 1995 to Janeen Webb, with both of whom he has collaborated, mostly resident in Australia from about 1990; he began publishing sf in 1970 with "Traps" (March 1970 If) and "Dark, Dark the Dead Star" (July 1970 If), both written with George Zebrowski. Among his best and most revealing stories of this early period was Junction (stories November 1973, ...

McEnroe, Richard S

(1956-    ) US author and literary agent who began writing sf with "Wolkenheim Fairday" for Asimov's in May 1980. His first two novels were Ties to the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century universe, the first being Buck Rogers Universe: Niven and Pournelle's Buck Rogers: Warrior's World (1981); both were based on outlines by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, and were not received with enthusiasm. The Far Stars and Future Times sequence – The Shattered Stars (1983), Flight of ...


In sf Terminology this is a word so often misused that its real meaning is in danger of being devalued or forgotten. / The term "cybernetics", derived from a Greek word meaning helmsman or controller, was coined by the distinguished mathematician Norbert Wiener in 1947 to describe a new science on which he and others had been working since 1942. The word first passed into general usage with the publication of his Cybernetics (1948; rev 1961), subtitled "Control and Communication in the ...

Cho, Zen

(1986-    ) Malaysian author now resident in the UK, where she practices as a solicitor. She began publishing short fiction with "The Guest" in Expanded Horizons for November 2010, making her first professional sale in the following year with "­起狮,行礼" ["Rising Lion – The Lion Bows"] in Strange Horizons for 21 March 2011. / Cho's first foray into longer form was the historical romance novella The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo (2012 ...

Lafargue, Philip

Pseudonym of UK author and physician Joseph Henry Philpot (1850-1939), whose The Forsaken Way: A Romance (1900) depicts a devastated UK, at the close of the twentieth century, as a Decadent and therefore romantic ruin (see Ruins and Futurity). After falling in love, the protagonist leaves his monastery and starts a new life. [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 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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