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Pagetti, Carlo

(1945-    ) Italian critic, since 1971 Professor of English Literature, first at the University of "G. D'Annunzio", Pescara-Chieti, then in other Italian universities: Siena, Bergamo, Turin, and most recently Milan, where he has taught since 1995, occupying several roles. He coordinated the doctoral program in English studies from its founding until 2005. / His Il senso del futuro: la fantascienza nella letteratura Americana ["The Meaning of the Future: Science Fiction ...

Cowie, Donald

(1911-2006) UK author (blind since 1984), in New Zealand from 1928, in UK from 1934, resident in Switzerland from 1964, who has also written as Aldwyn Abberley, Julian Mountain, R F St B Pytchely and Rufus Stone; he was the author of several crabbed Future History visions of a century in decay. Prose & Verse (coll 1945) as with Julian Mountain contains some fantasy stories; of sf interest are The Indiscretions of an Infant, or The Baby's Revenge (1945) and The Rape of Man, or The Zoo Let ...

Starobinets, Anna

(1978-    ) Russian journalist and author whose short fiction in particular has become well known, beginning with the tales assembled in Perekhodnyj vozrast ["Awkward Age"] (coll 2005; trans Hugh Aplin as An Awkward Age 2010), in which an adroit play with Horror in SF tropes caused her very soon to be likened to Stephen King. The tales assembled in Ikarova zeleza: kniga metamorfoz: rasskazy ["The Icarus Gland"] (coll 2013; trans James Rann as The Icarus Gland and Other ...

Silverstein, Janna

(1962-    ) US editor, critic and author, in the latter capacity initially of fantasy stories beginning with "Her Mother's Cries" in Ghosttide (anth 1993) edited by Claudia O'Keefe; more recently she has written at least one Hard SF tale, "After This Life" (2008 Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show). With Tom Dupree and Jennifer Hershey she edited Full Spectrum 5 (anth 1995), which won a Locus Award for best Anthology. [JC]

Ludwig, Boris

An Australian pseudonym or more likely a House Name briefly used on two unremarkable Scientific Thrillers titles, each of novella length: Jaws of Death (1948 chap) deals with the Disaster that ensues when iron-eating grubs are found by criminals in the Australian outback; and The Whistle of Doom (1949 chap) deals with the consequences of trying to use the eponymous Basilisk for wrong ends. The byline was also used for the short story "The Escaped Essence" (April 1950 Thrills Incorporated). ...

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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