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Sloane, T O'Conor

(1851-1940) US editor and author of popular scientific works for many years before his direct involvement in sf; in 1914, long before his involvement with Hugo Gernsback began in 1920, his son married Thomas Alva Edison's daughter. He was associate editor (designated managing editor for #1) of Amazing Stories and of Amazing Stories Quarterly from the beginning, and carried much responsibility for the actual running of the magazines, which involved compiling and editing the issues, subject to ...

Robbins, Judith Redman

(1941-    ) US author of the Coyote Woman trilogy beginning with Coyote Woman (1996), a Prehistoric SF sequence set in the time of the Anasazi civilization and following the life story of a young woman who, instead of marrying as ordained, becomes a force for good in her world (see Feminism; Women in SF) and culture changer. [JC]

Thompson, Allyn

(?   -    ) US author of The Azriel Uprising (1982), set after a very brief World War Three has resulted in the Soviet occupation of America, leaving the land devastated; effective military resistance begins only after a decade, under a mysterious leader known only as Juanita. [JC]

Wickham, Harvey

(1872-1930) US pianist, religious apologist, and author; his Realpolitik defense of Mussolini, on the grounds that he would protect the Roman Catholic Church, diminished his posthumous reputation; nor did his attacks on authors of "smut" like D H Lawrence, also from a conservative religious point of view, did much to maintain interest in his work. Among his novels, which were written earlier, of sf interest is Jungle Terror (1920), a thriller set in South America, featuring flying machines that ...

Whitehead, Colson

(1970-    ) US author, much of whose work is nonfantastic, though his first novel, The Intuitionist (1999), hovers Equipoisally between Alternate History and Fabulation in its depiction of two groups of elevator operators in conflict as to the metaphysical nature of the elevator as such; one faction plans to build an elevator unfettered to the empirical past, which will take its people – in this case Black Americans – into the future. Zone One (2011) is a Near ...

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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