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Robbins, Judith Redman

(1941-    ) US author of the Coyote Woman trilogy beginning with Coyote Woman (1996), a Prehistoric SF sequence set in the time of the Anasazi civilization and following the life story of a young woman who, instead of marrying as ordained, becomes a force for good in her world (see Feminism; Women in SF) and culture changer. [JC]

Wood, James Playsted

(1905-1983) US teacher, editor and author whose works included a range of nonfiction as well as tales for the children and the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is The Mammoth Parade (1969), in which an eccentric entrepreneur discovers a Siberian Mammoth (see Prehistoric SF) in Rhode Island, and goes to ground with it in Central Park (see New York). Some Satirical points are made from a culturally conservative point of view. In the end, the mammoth becomes a tourist attraction in the Grand ...

Rosenblum, J Michael

(1917-1978) One of the early major figures in UK Fandom, active from the mid-1930s in the Leeds sf group, about whose internal controversies he wrote in Thrilling Wonder Stories for February 1938; he attended the historically important 1937 Convention held in Leeds, West Yorkshire. His Fanzines included The Futurian (8 issues 1938-1940), its short-lived replacement The Pseudo-Futurian (4 issues 1940), Futurian War Digest (39 issues 1940-1945) and New Futurian (8 issues 1954-1958); the ...

DeVos, Elisabeth

(1966-    ) US software designer and author, whose first novel, The Seraphim Rising (1997), translates its already extreme Central Florida setting into a Near Future venue infected by a false Messiah, whose exposure as a video producer creates chaos in Orlando. DeVos has written short fiction since this debut; further novels are hoped for. [JC]

Smith, Kathryn

(1971-    ) Canadian author who also writes as by Kady Cross, Kate Cross and Kate Locke, each name being attached to a separate subgenre for marketing purposes. Kathryn Smith has focused on paranormal romances, specifically the Brotherhood of the Blood and Nightmare Chronicles series; Kady Cross on Steampunk romances for the Young Adult market, specifically the Steampunk Chronicles beginning with The Girl in the Steel Corset (2011); Kate Cross on adult steampunk romances, ...

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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