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Overholser, Stephen

(1944-    ) US author, mostly of Westerns, including his sf novel, Wild West Rider (1985), a Tie to the Time Machine Shared World series, whose hero becomes involved, via Time Travel, with the traditional West. [JC]

Hull, E Mayne

(1905-1975) Canadian author, in the US from about 1944, married from 1939 until her death to A E van Vogt, who collaborated with her on most of her work, either in its original magazine form or by expanding it for book publication; she was born Edna May Hull, becoming Edna May Vogt on marriage and legally changing this to Edna Mayne van Vogt in the process of her and her husband's application for US citizenship in 1945. She began publishing sf with "The Flight that Failed" for Astounding in ...

Keen SF

US Semiprozine published and edited by Teresa Keene, Spokane, Washington; 12 issues, April 1996 to March 1997. A neat, Digest-size booklet, usually of between 40-50 pages, Keene paid 1½¢-a-word, striving to secure a decent pay-base. Her interests were in traditional "classic" forms of science fiction rather than modern trends and she encouraged her contributors to emulate their predecessors but with their own original treatment. Contributors included Michael Ambrose, Jeff Berkwits, ...

Vonarburg, Élisabeth

(1947-    ) French-born Canadian teacher, editor, critic and author, in Quebec from 1973, naturalized 1976. She was fiction editor 1979-1990 and editor 1983-1985 of Solaris; and began publishing sf with "Marée haute" for Requiem in 1978; the tale appeared as "High Tide" in Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (anth 1979) edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Many of her stories (some award-winning) have been assembled as L'Oeil de la nuit ["The Eye of Night"] (coll 1980) and Janus (coll ...

Hammond, Kay

Working name of Irish author Kathleen Eleanor Hammond (1900-1967), in England from her early years, who wrote several sf stories of interest in magazines published by Gerald G Swan, beginning with "Spider Fire" in Yankee Weird Shorts for March 1942; she also wrote a Lost Race tale, The Dark City (1942 chap). [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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