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Weldon, Fay

(1931-    ) UK Television and Radio scriptwriter, and author, active from the early 1960s, born Franklin Birkinshaw, granddaughter of Edgar Jepson; she began writing work of genre interest with "Angel, All Innocence" in The Thirteenth Ghost Book (anth 1977) edited by James Hale. Almost all of her work has – with passion, anger and a highly charged creative ambiguity – dealt with issues and situations generally conceived of as Feminist. Much of her later fiction ...

Topping, Keith

(1963-    ) UK author, journalist and broadcaster whose fiction output of sf interest consists of ties to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Doctor Who: The Devil Goblins from Neptune (1997) with Martin Day. His nonfiction, besides collaborations with Day and Paul Cornell, includes the Beyond the Gate: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Stargate SG-1 (2002) (see Stargate SG-1) and several other Television-related guides which are not listed below. [DRL]

Perkins, Michael

(1942-    ) US author and poet, whose erotic sf novels for Essex House (see Sex) included Evil Companions (1968) and Terminus (1969). [JC]

Mezrich, Ben

(1969-    ) US broadcaster and author who remains best known for nonfiction books like Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), a narrative whose dramatic licence inspired accusations that it was fiction, and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009); he also writes as by Holden Scott. Of sf interest are several medical thrillers that hover at the edge of ...

Carroll, Ted

(1925-1998) US author of an sf novel, White Pills (1964), one of several post-World War Two Satires on Black-white relations in America; in this case, the eponymous pill is capable of turning Blacks into whites. [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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