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Drago, Ty

Working name of US author Anthony Charles Drago Jr (1960-    ) who began to publish work of genre interest with "Childspell" for Haunts in 1992. He founded the Online Magazine Allegory (formerly known as Peridot Books) in 1998. His Near Future near-space tale, Phobos (2003), interweaves scientific intrigue on the eponymous Moon of Mars and mounting political strife between the Mars Colony and Earth. The Undertakers, starting with Rise of the Corpses (2011) is a Young Adult ...

Space Warp

In sf Terminology, a concept similar to that of hyperspace and subspace. The term (along with "hyperspace") may first have been used by John W Campbell Jr in Islands of Space (Spring 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1957). If a handkerchief is folded, two otherwise separated points of it can become adjacent; if space – more accurately, space/time – could be warped in like style (which it cannot), the resulting short cut would effectively enable Spaceships to travel Faster Than Light: ...

Ash, Alan

(1909-1988) UK author in whose sf adventure, Conditioned for Space (1955), a sleeper, having been encased in a block of ice for a century, awakens (see Sleeper Awakes) to find himself – after scientists transform him into a kind of Cyborg – in the front line of Earth defence in a space war. [JC]

Shwartz, Susan M

(1949-    ) US author who has been more clearly associated with fantasy than with sf, beginning with her first story, "The Fires of Her Vengeance" in The Keeper's Price (anth 1979) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, later stories being assembled as Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories (coll 2002). She soon however began to concentrate on extended works like the impressive Heirs to Byzantium Alternate-History trilogy: Byzantium's Crown (1987), The Woman of Flowers (1987) ...

Deutschman, Deborah

(?   -    ) US author, poet and screenwriter whose sf novel is Signals (1978), in which UFO attempts to communicate with Earth are thwarted by human governments. [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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