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Queen, Ellery

Pseudonym used by US cousins Frederick Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B Lee (1905-1971) for a lengthy sequence of crime-fiction novels and short stories featuring amateur detective Ellery Queen, beginning with The Roman Hat Mystery (1929). For many years these were characterized by rigorously logical deductions and a "Challenge to the Reader" to solve the puzzle before the final explanation. Media spinoffs included the syndicated radio show The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1939-1948), its ...

Skinkle, Dorothy

(1927-1979) US author of an sf novel, Star Giant (1969), in which an Alien exiled to Earth must – like his earlier fellows who impersonated Hercules and Abraham Lincoln and others – make use of his excessive height and superior intellect to defend the planet. [JC]

Carter, Justin L

(1880-1959) UK author who sometimes signed his books J L J Carter and sometimes as Compton Irving Carter. Two of his novels of are genre interest: Peggy the Aeronaut (1910), a Future War story which hints at a possible Pax Aeronautica; and Daughter of Egypt (1937) as by Compton Irving, about a revivified mummy in the twentieth century. [JC]

Harris, MacDonald

Pseudonym used by US academic and author Donald William Heiney (1921-1993) for most of his fiction from 1947 on; though composed in a smooth and accessible style, his novels (all as by Harris) tend significantly and non-mimetically to foreground any elements of fantasy (see Fabulation) with which they may deal. Bull Fire (1973) treats a modern family romance in terms of the myth of the Minotaur. The Balloonist (1976) recounts a failed 1897 Balloon expedition to the North Pole in terms ...

Gudynas, Peter

(1954-    ) British artist, long a resident of Birmingham, though he has also lived in London; his childhood fondness for sf books, films, and television programs inspired a lifelong interest in the genre. A BA in Graphic Design from Lanchester Polytechnic (now called Coventry University) led in 1976 to his first assignment to paint sf book covers, for Panther, and he went on to produce covers for many other British and American publishers, including Ace Books, Berkley ...

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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