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Mixon, Laura J

(1957-    ) US author, married to Steven Gould, who began publishing sf with the first of the Omni Odysseys sequence for younger readers, Omni: Astropilots (1987; vt Astro Pilots 1987); other titles were from other hands. Her first adult novel, Glass Houses (December-mid-December 1991 Analog; 1992), is a Cyberpunk-influenced tale set in New York City, told in a style one might describe as East Coast noir. The female protagonist, grittily characterized, is tough, believable, ...

Vortex Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, two issues, May and October 1953, published by Specific Fiction Corp, New York; edited by Chester Whitehorn. Vortex was designed to showcase a large number of very short stories in each issue, achieving this goal in #2, but the idea did not prove popular. However, not all of the nine new writers who made their debut in the second issue were doomed to remain unknown: Marion Zimmer Bradley had two minor stories there. A later magazine (1954) with the same publisher and ...

McClary, Thomas Calvert

(1909-1972) US speechwriter, ghostwriter and author, mostly of Westerns from the early 1930s, and whose sf began to appear in Astounding from 1934 under his own name and under the pseudonyms Thomas Calvert, Miles Cramer and Calvin Peregoy – the latter for the Doctor Conklin series in Astounding in 1934-1935. His two sf novels are both set in versions of New York, and are both Thought Experiments in Cultural Engineering; each builds on crude versions of the theory, reminiscent of ...

Hatfield, Frank

Pseudonym of US author John Stevens (?   -?   ), whose Lost Race novel, The Realm of Light (1908), is couched in the form of a manuscript left to Stevens by Frank Hatfield; the setting is a high plateau in Africa, where the Zoeians apply advanced Technology to sustain existences so spiritually elevated (see Religion) that Hatfield deems them to be "living exponents" of Christ. [JC]

Hendow, Z S

(?   -?   ) UK author of a short Utopia, The Future Power; Or, the Great Revolution of 190- (1897 chap), in which a Great Strike, in which the army joins, ensures an economically secure world. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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