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Guin, Wyman

(1915-1989) US pharmacologist, advertising executive and author who began publishing sf with "Trigger Tide" as Norman Menasco for Astounding in October 1950, though his career can be said really to have begun with "Beyond Bedlam" (August 1951 Galaxy) which, like most of his best work of the 1950s and early 1960s, seemed ideally designed for Galaxy, with its focus (see Medicine; Identity; Psychology; Sociology) on the human implications involved in enduring the future. It is a brilliant ...


The name since 1960 of the SF Magazine launched in 1930 as Astounding (which see). Published by Street & Smith (Astounding's publishers since October 1933) through the 1960 name change to January 1962; Condé Nast February 1962-August 1980; Davis Publications September 1980-August 1992; Dell Magazines, September 1992-current (as a division of Crosstown Publications from September 1996). Edited by John W Campbell Jr (editor of Astounding since December 1937) to December 1971, Ben Bova ...

White, Jay C

Probable pseudonym of an unidentified US author (?   -    ) whose sf novel is A Cup of Life (1962). [JC/DRL]

Lang, King

A House Name used by Curtis Warren on a number of sf novels: five by David Griffiths and one each by George Hay, Brian Holloway, John William Jennison and E C Tubb. See Checklist below. [JC]


Pseudonym of US activist and author Miriam Simos (1951-    ), perhaps best known for the nonfiction The Spiral Dance (1979), a Neopagan advocacy of a Religion based on the Goddess. The first volume of her Walking to Mercury sequence, comprising The Fifth Sacred Thing (1993) and Walking to Mercury (1997), is of strong sf interest. Set in the distant Near Future, its narrative unusually encompasses the whole of California: San Francisco has become a Utopia, a pagan and ...

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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