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Armytage, W H G

(1915-1998) South-African born author and professor of education, in the UK from well before World War Two; he published several articles with an sf focus in journals such as Extrapolation and Riverside Quarterly. Of interest to sf readers among his fourteen books is Yesterday's Tomorrows: A Historical Survey of Future Societies (1968). Primarily concerned with literary versions of the shape the ...


Term coined outside the sf genre, standing for Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence – carried out by passive observation, typically using radio telescopes in hope of detecting Alien transmissions or Communications. A notable real-world effort was the 1960 observational Project Ozma founded by Frank Drake (1930-2022), sited at the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory (Green Bank, West Virginia) and discussed by Martin ...

Osborne, Cary G

(?   -    ) US author of the Iroshi series of martial arts novels, beginning with Iroshi (1995), about a female warrior ghosted by an ancient mentor, and who is transported into an sf venue – that is, a planet which though it is not Earth is described in Dying Earth terms – where tropes from Military SF are intermixed with mythical suasions from her secret ...

McNeilly, Wilfred Glassford

(1921-1983) Scottish author of numerous novels and stories under a variety of names as well as several 1960s nonfantastic titles under his own name; there has not yet been established a reliable list of titles by McNeilly under various pseudonyms and House Names. He achieved some minor notoriety when he claimed in print to have written all the work published under the byline W Howard Baker – actually McNeilly's editor on ...

Dickinson, Charles

(1951-    ) US author of several non-genre novels, beginning with Waltz in Marathon (1983); his A Shortcut in Time (2003) is a Timeslip tale set in a Chicago suburb very similar to Arlington Heights (where he lives), where characters from different times become entangled according to their nature, with effects like those achieved by writers like Ray Bradbury, Jack ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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