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Vaughan, Ralph E

(1954-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Nighttime" in Etchings & Odysseys for December 1986. He has spent most of his subsequent career adding to the Cthulhu Mythos as adumbrated (but not created) by H P Lovecraft, through his Sherlock Holmes in the Cthulhu Mythos Adventures beginning with a novella, Sherlock Holmes in the Adventure of the Ancient Gods (1990 chap) (see Sherlock Holmes). Most of the ensuing tales, including this title, were ...

Beauman, Ned

(1985-    ) UK author whose first novel, Boxer, Beetle (2010), is an exuberantly gonzo demonstration of nonfantastic ludic fiction (see Johan Huizinga), with rule-governed structural plays and clashes of narrative modes, with a focus on 1930s Berlin, Eugenics, modernist music, entomology and boxing. His second novel, The Teleportation Accident (2012), introduces sf topoi and into a rich mix of recognitions (see Equipoise) of the way the world may be perceived in the late ...

McHugh, Vincent

(1904-1983) US poet, journalist and author whose comic saga Caleb Catlum's America (1936) [for subtitle see Checklist] is about a family of immortals (see Immortality) who amusingly represent the high points of US history in the flesh (the family includes Abe Lincoln and Davy Crockett); elements of a Secret History of the World are undercut by Tall Tale elements [for Fantasies of History and Tall Tale see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]; the frame story in particular, featuring ...

Maxwell, Edward

Pseudonym of the Canadian author, playwright and scriptwriter Ted Allan (1916-1995), who was born Allan Herman and adopted this working name in the 1930s; he was in the UK approximately 1940-1970. The protagonist of his Time Travel tale, Quest for Pajaro (1957), travels twenty years into the future but, on his journey back, falls in love; doom threatens successfully. [JC]

Moscoe, Mike

(1947-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Summer Hopes – Winter Dreams" for Analog in March 1991, but who has since concentrated mainly on series, sometimes as by Mike Shepherd, beginning with the Lost Millennium sequence comprising First Dawn (1996) Second Fire (1997) and Lost Days (1998), whose protagonists arrive via Time Travel in prehistoric Europe, where they attempt to change their own desolate Near Future world by teaching goddess ...

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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