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Morley, Christopher

(1890-1957) US author and man of letters, brother of Felix Morley, who remains best known for mildly fantasticated (but not fantasy) tales like Parnassus on Wheels (1917) and The Haunted Bookshop (1919), and for Kitty Foyle (1939), a sentimental romance. He was a founding member of the Book-of-the-Month club, serving as a selector from 1928 to 1956; and co-founded the Baker Street Irregulars in 1934 (see Arthur Conan Doyle). Where the Blue Begins (1922), a Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Slavnikova, Ol'ga

(1957-    ) Russian author whose Near Future Satire, 2017 (2006; trans Marian Schwartz 2010), set one century after the Russian Revolution, depicts in exorbitant terms the costs of rampant "freedom", including naked capitalism at its most exploitative, Disasters looming from unchecked Climate Change, Paranoia-justifying conspiracies which if successful will deepen the damage to Russian society and the world. Landscapes are described with elegiac force. [JC]

Malki !, David

Working name of US author, cartoonist, book and game designer, and former film trailer editor David Malki (?    -    ), who describes the unexplained exclamation mark following his surname as an "honorific" analogous to Jr or PhD. He is best known for the popular web-Comic Wondermark, published since May 2003, which featured in the early online magazine Flak and in the print edition of the Satire venue The Onion until 2008; it continues to appear online ...

Martin, Dorothy Knox

(?   -    ) US author of Yucay: A Romance of Early Peru (1941), a Lost Race tale in which a prehistoric Incan Utopia in Peru is described warmly. [JC]

Van Name, Mark L

(1955-    ) US entrepreneur, editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "My Sister, My Self" in Isaac Asimov's Tomorrow's Voices (anth 1984) edited anonymously, the first story in his Jon and Lobo sequence, which after some further short stories continues with One Jump Ahead (2007) – a novel debut which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award – Slanted Jack (2008), Overthrowing Heaven (2009), Children No More (2010) and No Going ...

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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