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Garson, Paul

(1946-    ) US photographer and author whose The Great Quill (1973) is kind of road story, featuring motorcycles, but set in a baroquely degenerate 4000 CE Ruined Earth version of England; there are Satirical effects. As a writer and photographer, Garson's focus is in fact primarily on the motorcycle: his Born to Ride: A History of the American Biker and Bikes (2003) is impassioned and informative. [JC]

Washburn, Mark

(1948-    ) US author of The Armageddon Game: A Novel of Suspense (1977), a Cold War tale whose protagonist manufactures an atom bomb, the threatened outcome, World War Two, being narrowly averted; this title should not be confused with the entirely nonfantastic The Armageddon Game (1985) by James N Frey. The Omega Threat (1980), is set in the very Near Future on a space shuttle (see Space Stations) under threat. [JC]

Day, Martin

(1968-    ) UK scriptwriter and author, latterly identified with Doctor Who owing to his novel Ties to that sequence. He has also written several nonfiction books on various Television areas of interest. Of his novelizations, Doctor Who: The Sleep of Reason (2004) has received considerable praise for its tight plotting and intimate scale, as a young woman who has attempted suicide finds herself immured in a mysterious Retreat haunted by Monsters. [JC]

Hunt, Gill

A House Name used 1950-1952 by the UK paperback publisher Curtis Warren. The authors who used the name were John Brunner, David Arthur Griffiths, Denis Hughes, John Jennison and E C Tubb. Because it was Brunner's first book, Galactic Storm (1951) has become the best-known of the Hunt titles; it is not, however, significantly less routine than its stablemates. [JC]

Walkham, Walter

Pseudonym of UK consulting engineer and author James Harvey Trevithick Ivory (1921-2005), who contributed a single Space Opera to the Robert Hale Limited sf line: When Earth Trembled (1980). [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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