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Berk, Howard

(1925-2016) US screenwriter and author of several books, including the interesting sf novel The Sun Grows Cold (1971), in which a man whose brain has been tampered with and whose previous life may have been disastrous reawakens (see Sleeper Awakes) in a terrifying Ruined Earth, most of whose inhabitants, who seem insane, lurk Underground, though an unpleasant elite occupies Keeps on the surface. He asks to be restored to his Amnesia. Berk's Television work included scripts for the ...

Scott, Deborah

(?   -    ) US teacher and author of the Young Adult California Kid sequence comprising The Kid Who Got Zapped through Time (1997) and The California Kid Fights Back (1998), in which the Kid is sent by his Computer by Timeslip to mediaeval England, which he disdains, and when he is sent back again, in the second volume, hates all the more. Things are primitive there. [JC]

Kaner, H

(1896-1973) Romanian-born UK civil servant and author who published his own books from Llandudno in Wales through The Kaner Publishing Co; it should be noted that his firm also published other writers, including John Russell Fearn. Of his own titles, two full-length novels stand out: People of the Twilight (1946), in which a Lost Race is discovered in a Parallel World, and The Sun Queen (1946), which features instantaneous Transportation and a race of beings dwelling within the Sun. [JC]

Webb, Janeen

(1951-    ) Australian author, editor and critic, married to Jack Dann since 1995, who has published notable essays and reviews since 1985 and who was part of the influential editorial collective of Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series from 1987 to the magazine's closure in 1991. With Dann she co-edited Dreaming Down-Under: Thirty-one Original Stories From the Wild Side of Australian Speculative Fiction (anth 1998), winner of the Ditmar Award and World Fantasy ...

Repton, Humphry

(1752-1818) UK landscape gardener, of great significance as theorist and practitioner, his successful gardens expressing an early Romantic sense of the picturesque, in contrast to the domineering formalism of earlier styles. He is of sf interest for one short story, "From a Private Mad-House" (in Variety: A Collection of Essays: Written in the Year 1787, anth 1788), which was republished as "Voyage to the Moon" (in Odd Whims; And Miscellanies, coll 1804 2vols), in which the Moon, as so often in ...

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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