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Gingrich, Newt

Working name of US politician and author Newton Leroy Gingrich (1943-    ), Speaker of the House of Representatives 1995-1999, contender in the run-ups to the American presidential election fo 2012, of interest here for his collaborations with William R Forstchen, beginning with 1945 (1995), a Hitler Wins tale in which Germany confronts America after its 1945 victory in Europe; and continuing with the Gettysburg trilogy comprising Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War (2003), ...

Pendleton, Don

(1927-1995) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Boomerang Peep Show" for Ace Magazine in 1958 and whose sf novels – some written as by Dan Britain, and most of them routine – began with Revolt! (1968 as by Britain; rev vt Civil War II: The Day it Finally Happened! 1971 as Pendleton) and The Olympians (1969), both soft porn. Other singletons were Cataclysm: The Day the World Died (1969), The Guns of Terra 10 (1970), The Godmakers (1970 as by Britain; 1974 ...

Tanner, Mack

(1937-    ) US author perhaps best known for his nonfiction advocacy of an armed America, Armed-Citizen Solution to Crime in the Streets: So Many Criminals, So Few Bullets (1995). In his Target series of thrillers, Target: Intruder (1990) features an ancient deepsea Monster and its assault on American warships. [JC]

D'Ammassa, Don

(1946-    ) US critic and author who has until recently been best known over the past three decades or so for his very numerous reviews, in Science Fiction Chronicle and elsewhere; his work – usually couched in long-capsule form – is noted for its fairness and generosity, and for the extremely wide range of texts he has covered. His Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2005), which clearly draws on this vast repertory in its coverage of about 500 authors, can be seen ...

Nelson, Arthur A

(?   -?   ) US author of some Pulp-magazine fiction and of a Lost Race novel, Wings of Danger (January-April 1915 Adventure as "The Adventurers"; 1915), featuring an ancient Norse land called Valkyria within a volcano in East Africa. The Technology is advanced and the architecture is Asian, but the Religion is savage. King Leopold of Belgium and Cecil Rhodes of Britain vie for the territory, but it is blown up before either imperialist can seize the prize. [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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