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Haber, Karen

Working name of Karen Lee Haber Silverberg (1955-    ), US author and anthologist, married to Robert Silverberg since 1987. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Madre de Dios" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in May 1988, which was assembled with later stories as The Sweet Taste of Regret (coll 2014); she came to general notice with the Fire in Winter sequence, which traces the fortunes of a family of Psi-Powered mutants and their threatened ...

Kanas, Nick

(?   -    ) US academic and psychiatrist who has specialized in the psychic disorders of astronauts; author of nonfiction studies on this subject, including Space Psychology and Psychiatry (2003; rev 2010) with, and topics associated with Astronomy, including Star Maps: History, Artistry, and Cartography (2007; rev 2012). Of sf interest are two novels whose didactic intentions are competently conveyed. The New Martians: A Scientific Novel (2013), set in the ...

Kenyon, Ernest M

(1920-1980) US author who began to publish sf with "Security" for Astounding in October 1955, but did not actively pursue a career in the genre. Rogue Golem (1977) is an sf adventure about an Android who, in a highly regimented Near Future, by suspecting his nature violates his programming. [JC]

Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Library

A series of nineteen generally undistinguished sf paperback chapbooks published by C Arthur Pearson of London (see Pearson's Weekly) monthly from September 1953 to March 1955. All volumes ran to 64pp, were priced at 9d (nine old UK pence) and had cover paintings in vigorous Pulp mode by Ron Turner. A bibliographical oddity is that the books lack title or copyright pages; the series affiliation appears on the front cover and spine, variously as Tit-Bits Science-Fiction Library, Tit-Bits Science ...

Chaplin, Sid

(1916-1986) UK coal miner and, from 1946, respected author of novels mostly set in the industrial north of England; in his Near Future sf novel, Sam in the Morning (1965), London is dominated – it is an argument typical of modern Horror's take on industrial society – by a sewage company which has used unknown Technology to strip Britain clean of all that matters. [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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