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Elliott, Richard

Joint pseudonym of Richard E Geis and Elton T Elliott under which they wrote the Jan Norris sequence of Near Future novels set during and after a Disaster – it is a solar flare – devastates Earth, The Sword of Allah (1984) and The Burnt Lands (1985). Their other collaborations were routine. [JC]

Smith, Gregory J

(?   -    ) US patent attorney and author of the Starquest series of Space Operas beginning with Captive Planet (1986), composed with homiletic intent to espouse the Christian Religion. [JC]

White, T H

(1906-1964) Indian-born author, in the UK from the age of five, where he was raised by relatives; his overwhelming nostalgia for a lost England expressed itself vividly throughout his nonfiction, as well as in his two best-known fictional works, the nonfantastic Farewell Victoria (1933), and The Once and Future King (omni/novel 1958), a superlative tragicomic fantasia on Le Morte Darthur (written before 1471; 1485) by Sir Thomas Malory (1415/1418-1471). The Once and Future King is sometimes ...

Dixon, Franklin W

Perhaps the most famous House Name of the Stratemeyer Syndicate (see Edward Stratemeyer), used by Leslie McFarlane for his contributions to the Hardy Boys sequence and by Harriet Stratemeyer Adams and others; rare items of genre interest in this series include The Disappearing Floor (1940) by John Button (whom see), The Firebird Rocket (1978) and The Hardy Boys: Ghost Stories (coll 1984). Two other early titles of possible interest are from the Ted Scott Flying Stories sequence: Castaways of ...

Westward, Elton

House Name for the UK publisher Brown, Watson, several nonfantastic titles under this name being written by John Russell Fearn. Return to Mars (1954) – in which Mars is found abandoned by its native inhabitants, but conspiracies and Monsters breed all the same – was not. [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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