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Windling, Terri

(1958-    ) US editor, artist and author, who occasionally publishes under the pseudonym Bellamy Bach. She grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and attended Antioch College, where she pursued her interests in art and folklore. She then moved to New York and began working in the publishing industry. She has had her greatest impact on the field as an editor, both of book series and anthologies that accompanied and abetted the burgeoning popularity of Fantasy in the 1980s ...

Ascher, Maurice

(1873-1965) German author, much of his nonfiction being studies in Judaism and Jewish issues. He is of sf interest for Gulliver's Neue Reise ["Gulliver's New Journey"] (1915), a Fantastic Voyage tale based on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), Gulliver in this case being an aviator who makes a crash-landing on an unknown Island. Here he finds two separate Utopias, Risolia and Pleuresia, whose solutions to human life are subjected to some Satire. [JC]

Howard, Hayden

(1925-2014) US author who began publishing sf with "It" for Planet Stories in January 1952, followed by eighteen further magazine stories with the last appearing in 1971. His one sf novel, The Eskimo Invasion (stories April 1965-April 1967 Galaxy; fixup 1967), set rather unusually in Canada, comprises a speculative view of Overpopulation problems conveyed through an episodic tale based on seven stories published in Galaxy, beginning with "Death and Birth of the Angakok" (April 1965 Galaxy) and ...

Locke, George

(1936-2019) UK author, one-time pharmacist, antiquarian bookseller and bibliographer. He began publishing sf with "The Human Seed" for Authentic Science Fiction in October 1957, and under the name Gordon Walters published a number of sf stories in the 1960s, but no sf books; his novel, Pattern of Terror (1987) as by Ayresome Johns, is a detective tale involving an "impossible crime" and the supernatural. He also published several Sherlock Holmes Parodies, including The Ghosts of Eden; Or, the ...

Gooch, Fani Pusey

(?   -?   ) US author, whose first name may have been Frances; her only novel, the unrestrainedly melodramatic Miss Mordeck's Father (1890), plays Equipoisally with a plot involving Identity Exchange (or, perhaps, not). The periodic disappearance of the Miss Mordeck's father in search of a skeleton key, as well as the immurement of her fiance in a lunatic asylum, verge on Gothic SF. [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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