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Sky, Kathleen

(1943-    ) US author born Kathleen McKinney (the Sky came from her first husband Karl Sky) whose first genre story was "One Ordinary Day, with Box" in Generation (anth 1972) edited by David Gerrold. She was married to Stephen Goldin 1972-1982, and wrote with him The Business of Being a Writer (1982); she is thus also known as Kathleen Sky-Goldin but has not used this version of her name as a byline. / Her debut novel Birthright (1975) speculates emotionally about ...

Temporal Adventuress

A figure of late twentieth-century Fantastika, where she stands out against the male-dominated storylines that dominated adventure fiction in general, and tales of the fantastic in particular; more recently, women adventurers tend to appear without arousing special attention. The roots of the Adventuress can be traced back to the nineteenth century, where precursors can be detected in characters like H Rider Haggard's She, who travels through Time by means of Reincarnation/Immortality rather ...

Asimov's SF Adventure Magazine

US sf and fantasy magazine, a companion to Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (see Asimov's Science Fiction) issued in letter-size semi-Slick format and published quarterly, four issues, Fall 1978 to Fall 1979. Following the success of the original Star Wars film Star Wars (1977), Asimov's SF Adventure was aimed at a younger, less discriminating audience than its elder companion magazine, though at the time that too was targeting younger readers. It sought to fill the gap once held by ...

Aimard, Gustave

Pseudonym of French author Olivier Gloux (1818-1883), author of a large number of adventures set in the American West, many of them published in English in the Aimard's Tales of Indian Life sequence; there is no proper bibliographical account of these titles' transit from French to English. Of those translated into English, two have been noted as being of genre interest: The Indian Scout: A Story of the Aztec City (trans anon 1861), a Lost Race tale; and Last of the Incas: A Romance (trans anon ...

Lafferty, Mur

Working name of US podcaster, journalist and author Mary Lafferty (1973-    ), active in the former capacity from around 2004; after audio release of some fiction, she began publishing work of genre interest with "Rex the Dog" in Murky Depths for June 2008. The issuing of her first novel, Playing for Keeps (2008), marks her sophisticated use of contemporary media: the tale was first published as an audio book, then as an ebook, then in print form: the narrative itself is a ...

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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