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Kent, Kelvin

Pseudonym used on the Pete Manx series in Thrilling Wonder Stories (1939-1944), individually by Arthur K Barnes (four stories) and Henry Kuttner (six stories), and on the two they wrote in collaboration: "Roman Holiday" (August 1939 Thrilling Wonder) and "Science is Golden" (April 1940 Thrilling Wonder). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Meier, Paul

(1945-    ) US psychiatrist, "father of the Christian Psychology movement", and author whose novels – the Millennium sequence including The Third Millennium (1993); plus The Fourth Millennium (1996) and Beyond the Millennium (2008), both with Robert L Wise – mix fantasy and sf together, or rather re-interpret sf tropes in Christian terms, so that although the Apocalypse and the End of the World may initially seem to wear an sf face, the actual outcomes are ...

McGuire, John J

(1917-1981) US author best known for his collaborations with H Beam Piper on the sf action novel Crisis in 2140 (February-March 1953 Astounding as "Null-ABC"; 1957) and on A Planet for Texans (March 1957 Fantastic Universe as "Lone Star Planet"; 1958). These books are not readily distinguishable from Piper's solo efforts. McGuire wrote two other stories with Piper and four solo 1957-1964. [JC] see also: Colonization of Other Worlds; Crime and Punishment. /

Hill, Carol

(1942-    ) US author whose first novel, Jeremiah 8:20 (1970), is a raucous Fabulation about the Apocalypse, whose protagonist becomes (or does not become) Master of the Universe. Her second, Let's Fall in Love (1975), ornately spoofs sex, pornography and politics in a vaguely fantastic 1970s milieu. The Eleven Million Mile High Dancer (1985; vt Amanda and the Eleven Million Mile High Dancer 1988), equally flamboyant in diction, carries its female astronaut protagonist and ...

Scarborough, Dorothy

(1878-1935) Working name of Emily Dorothy Scarborough, US author best known for her novels about the contemporary American southwest, most notably The Wind (1925), a hauntingly surreal portrait of a woman maddened by listening to the Texas winds. While she edited two volumes of ghost stories (see Eschatology; Supernatural Creatures), Famous Modern Ghost Stories (1921) and Humorous Ghost Stories (1921; vt Funny Bones 2009), she is of greatest sf interest for her published doctoral dissertation, ...

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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