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Yaniv, Nir

(1972-    ) Israeli author, musician and occasional film-maker, most influential as the editor of the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy website, which he created and built into Israel's first significant online SF Magazine, at a time when none existed. He also edited several issues of the print magazine Chalomot Be'aspamia, following the departure of long-serving editor Vered Tochterman. / As a writer, Yaniv has worked predominantly in the short-story form, ...

Yelnick, Claude

(1923-    ) French journalist, translator and author, active from the late 1930s, whose L'homme, cette maladie (1954; trans as The Trembling Tower 1956) depicts the inter-dimensional relationship between Earth and another Parallel World via a lighthouse. Among his translated works is Robin Cook's Outbreak (1987; trans as Virus 1988). [JC/DRL]

Thomson, K Graham

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel for boys, People of the South Pole (1941), whose young protagonists discover a primitive Lost Race in a clement zone adjacent to the South Pole. They try to teach them civilization. [JC]


Alleged early sf magazine in Sweden, described as follows by Sam J Lundwall in the Scandinavia entry in the second edition of this encyclopedia: "There was an early attempt at a Swedish sf magazine, Stella – four irregular issues April 1886-August 1888, with short stories by [...] foreign authors and a scattering of anonymous material that may have been by local hands – but it was much before its time and vanished without trace." This claim was never independently confirmed and is ...

Ward, George Whiteley

(?   -?   ) UK author who published occasionally in English magazines from around 1900; his juvenile tales for Chums, like "The Chessmen of Ghor Khi Laht" (19 January 1924 Chums), are apparently fantastic. He is of sf interest for Drelma: A Tale of the Great Sahara (1908), a Lost Race tale in which ancient Egyptians are discovered in the modern Sahara. [JC]

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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