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McIntyre, Angus

(?   -    ) UK author now in USA who began to publish work of genre interest with "Someone to Watch Over Me" in Black Candles: Surveillance for 2015. His first novel, The Warrior Within (2018), is a Planetary Romance set in an indefinite but perhaps rather distant future, on a long-inhabited world, where a colourful, complex but constrained culture seems to flourish, under the sway of an ornate but pragmatic Religion. The protagonist, mayor of a small town, ...

Wang Xiaoda

(1939-    ) Chinese author and professor. Born to a relatively well-off family in China's troubled period of Japanese invasion and civil war, Wang graduated in mechanical engineering and worked in an auto parts manufacturing plant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the Cultural Revolution, he was briefly a group leader of a faction in Sichuan called the "Industrial Army", and became involved in an infamous war of words and ideologies between rival factories in Chengdu. ...

Aspler, Tony

(1939-    ) UK-born wine journalist and author, in Canada from 1970; of sf interest among his several novels is Chain Reaction (1978) with Gordon Pape, which concerns the Near Future assassination of a Canadian politician that threatens World War Three. [JC]

Ruddick, Nicholas

(1952-    ) UK bibliographer, editor and author, in Canada from 1974. He has perhaps been most influential for his two linked examinations of UK sf, British Science Fiction: A Chronology, 1478-1990 (1992) and Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993). Though its title ascriptions lack full bibliographical detail, the first volume provides an extremely useful chronological run-through of the British scene, each separately presented year broken into ...

Leonard, Paul

Working name of UK author Paul J Leonard Hinder (1961-    ), who has also published as P J L Hinder, though his output of Ties for the Doctor Who universe has appeared exclusively under his working name, beginning with Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: Venusian Lullaby (1994). These novels, which Leonard has declared were much influenced by the example of Jim Mortimore's Doctor Who tales, tend to greater emotional extremity than usual in this universe, though the ...

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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