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Herbison, J S

(?   -    ) Canadian author, partner of Andrew Neil Gray; she is of sf interest for The Ghost Line (2017) with Gray [whom see for further details], a Space Opera set in near space between Earth and Mars. [JC]

Aguirre, Ann

(1970-    ) US author who also writes romance fiction as by Ava Gray; her romance sf sequence – the Sirantha Jax books including Grimspace (2008), Wanderlust (2008), Doubleblind (2009), Killbox (2010) and Aftermath (2011) – features a tough but emotionally vulnerable female protagonist in various Space Opera settings. The Corine Solomon sequence beginning with Blue Diablo (2009) is Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and the Addison ...

MacLaren, Bernard

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel Day of Misjudgment (1956) unusually represents the domination of society by Computers as more of a blessing than a curse, though the Walpurgisnacht setting of the tale may explain the reversal of values. [JC]

Brockmeier, Kevin

(1972-    ) US author, much of whose fiction has explored the contemporary world through quiet but revelatory stories and novels only inadequately describable as fantasy (or "litfant") or Slipstream SF or Fabulation or sf. As with the work of other writers roughly contemporary with him who have been associated with The New Yorker, including Karen Russell and George Saunders, they are, rather, exemplary demonstrations of the uses of Fantastika as a toolkit fit to explore the ...

Critical Wave

UK Semiprozine (1987-1996; 2008-current) edited by Steve Green and Martin Tudor. 46 A4 issues, 1987-1996. During its first series Critical Wave was a bimonthly sf and fantasy newsletter or Newszine – though its schedule often slipped by a month – carrying reviews plus news items covering fantasy, horror and comics as well as sf. It also featured interviews and articles. Launched in October 1987 as a mimeographed Fanzine, Critical Wave became professionally litho-printed with #9 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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