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Worth, Peter

A Ziff-Davis House Name used on magazine stories; it appeared in their various sf magazines ten times from 1949 to 1951, usually concealing Chester S Geier or Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillips). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Saxon, Peter

Initially the personal pseudonym of UK author W Howard Baker, under which he wrote many titles for Amalgamated Press, mainly stories in the Sexton Blake series before the cancellation of its fourth series in 1964 (see Sexton Blake Library). He then took the name to Mayflower Books, where the series continued, written by him and others under what was now a House Name. The claims of Scottish writer Wilfred McNeilly to have written most of the Saxon titles are unjustified (see entries on Baker and ...

DeStefano, Lauren

(1984-    ) US author who has concentrated exclusively on Near Future Dystopias for the Young Adult market. The Chemical Garden Trilogy, comprising Wither (2011), Fever (2012) and Sever (2013), is set in an American culture savagely distorted by the consequences of a Genetic Engineering experiment in longevity, which has backfired for the young, radically shortening their lifespans: twenty-five years for males, twenty for females. Adolescent girls are kidnapped out as ...

George, Vernon

Working name of Scottish author George Shirra Gibb Vernon (1885-1959), whose first work of sf interest, Hamish Munro's Experiment: A Thrilling Romance of the East and the Antipodes (1935), is a fantasy published by a vanity house, and whose The Crown of Asia (1939) is a Near Future Yellow Peril Invasion tale, set in the 1940s, the target of the being India. [JC]

Ville d'Avray, Arthur Armand

(1844-1907) French soldier, naturalist and author whose Voyage dans la Lune avant 1900 ["Voyage to the Moon around 1900"] (graph 1892) is a visual narrative, illustrated and captioned by Ville d'Avary, and apparently intended for children. Its protagonists fly to the Moon in a Balloon, where they confront Monsters; they are then transported to Saturn (see Outer Planets), from which they awaken, finding it was all a dream. This dream convention, as applied to nineteenth-century stories for ...

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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