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Robb, J D

Pseudonym of US author Eleanor Marie Robertson (1950-    ), much better known under her working name, Nora Roberts, who under that signature alone – though the Robb titles are themselves bestsellers – may be the most popular novelist in America, with sales of more than eight million copies a year. Some of Nora Roberts's approximately 225 books are paranormal romances, and a few are Timeslip tales, all being told with a wit and bravura not normally associated ...

Martin, Michael A

(?   -    ) US author, always in collaboration with Andy Mangels, of numerous Ties, most of them contributed to the Star Wars universe. The Roswell sequence, also with Mangels, is tied to the Television series. [JC]

Rud, Anthony

(1893-1942) US author and Pulp-magazine editor whose first story seems to have been "The October Blight" for The Green Book Magazine in March 1918. He contributed sf to Weird Tales, The Blue Book Magazine, Thrilling Wonder Stories and others; typical of this work is his first Weird Tales story "Ooze" (March 1923 Weird Tales). He is best known for the Sax Rohmer-esque fantasy The Stuffed Men (1935), which describes the unpleasant effects of a fungus ("ciliated zoospores") that grows within the ...

Jones, Neil R

(1909-1988) US author who until his retirement in 1973 worked as a New York State unemployment insurance claims investigator. His first published story, "The Death's Head Meteor" (it was the first English-language sf story to use the word "astronaut") for Air Wonder Stories in January 1930, shares with almost all his fiction a very generalized Future History common background – one of the earliest seen in US genre sf – which is given some explanation in "Time's Mausoleum" (December ...

Williams, Paul

(1948-2013) US editor and author who began publishing sf nonprofessionally as a teenager, bringing out four issues of a fanzine, Within (1962-1963), and speaking to Boston library school students on sf as literature for young adults. In 1966 he founded Crawdaddy!, the first US rock magazine (see Music), which he edited through 1968, and then 1993-2003. The first issue (January 1966) was typed on David G Hartwell's typewriter and printed on Ted White's mimeograph machine; later issues included ...

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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