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Whittemore, Edward

(1933-1995) US case officer for the CIA 1958-1987, specializing in Asia and the Middle East (where much of the action in his novels takes place), and author whose first novel, Quin's Shanghai Circus (1974), serves as a rampageous, gonzo prelude (see Horror in SF) to the rest of his small oeuvre. Fairly clearly influenced by authors like Thomas Pynchon, and perhaps Richard ...

Alderman, Gill

Working name of UK author Gillian Alderman (1941-    ), who worked in microelectronics research until 1984, and began publishing sf with the first two volumes of her Guna sequence – The Archivist: A Black Romance (1989) and The Land Beyond: A Fable (1990) – which established her very rapidly as a figure of interest in the field. As usual in the Planetary Romance, Guna – the world in ...

Smith, Guy N

(1939-2020) UK author and book dealer best known for his prolific output of horror novels, generally rough-hewn but with a Pulp-ish or B-movie vigour that gained him a considerable cult following. His novel debut was the Werewolf tale Werewolf by Moonlight (1974) as Guy Smith, with two sequels following. He first achieved real commercial success with Night of the Crabs (1976; exp 2009), introducing what ...

Muir, Edwin

(1887-1959) Scottish poet, translator and author, prevented by ill health from active service in World War One, though his early poetry reflects upon the consequences of that disaster for the world. He is best known for the translations with his wife Willa Muir of very nearly the entire works of Franz Kafka, introducing that central figure to the English-language world. It has been suggested that ...

Windsor, William

(1857-?   ) US phrenologist and author of Loma, a Citizen of Venus (1897), in which the eponymous Extraterrestrial from Venus sojourns on Earth, demonstrating his effortless superiority to Homo sapiens, initially by saving a pregnant woman from drowning. He takes her case as a demonstration of the inadequacy of Earth's patriarchy-obsessed Religions, and also of the ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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