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Wise, David

(1930-2018) US author and journalist, with the New York Herald-Tribune in the 1950s and 1960s, whose works include both fiction and nonfiction about espionage and US politics. Of sf interest is The Samarkand Dimension (1987), a spy thriller in which Soviet sabotage of a US ICBM launch test has disastrous results and is ascribed to Psi Powers, the enemy having overridden the course controls via Telekinesis. The protagonist, a CIA man, is duly tasked to represent himself as an ESP-gifted ...

Bradley, Nick

(1982-    ) German-born author, in UK from childhood, resident for at least a decade before 2016 in Japan. His first book, The Cat and the City (coll of linked stories 2020), Equipoisally links a series of tales around its sometimes Near Future Tokyo setting and the revelation that each tale depicts events in the City that have been tattooed over the entire body of a young woman, at her request. She may be a Shapeshifter who in some sense inhabits the stories told on her ...

Kensett, Percy F

(1868-1940) UK author of The Amulet of Tarv: A Romance of the South Downs, 1,000 BC (1925), a Prehistoric SF tale whose present-day protagonists are given access via Time Viewer to the era in question; they are then able to establish Communications with the past. [JC]

Marcus, Robert B

(1947-    ) US author of Shadow on the Stars (1977), an unremarkable Space Opera. [JC]

Ames, Mildred

(1919-1994) US author of novels for older children, a few of them fantasy. Of sf interest is Is There Life on a Plastic Planet? (1975), which effectively transforms the Paranoid theme of substitution – in this case a shop contains dolls identical to the young women its owner attempts to suborn – into a resonant tale of adolescence and identity. Questions of identity also lie at the heart of Anna to the Infinite Power (1981), whose protagonist sees another girl in her mirror image, ...

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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