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Slick

A term that emerged in the 1930s, originally as "slick-paper magazine" to distinguish what many regarded as the quality magazines from the Pulps. The slicks were also known as the "heavies" or "glossies", because they were printed on coated stock to allow better reproduction of photographs, as much for advertisements as for the editorial content, which made each individual issue considerably heavier than a pulp. The "glossies" had been around for far longer than the pulps. In America the ...

McIntyre, Angus

(?   -    ) UK author now in USA who began to publish work of genre interest with "Someone to Watch Over Me" in Black Candles: Surveillance for 2015. His first novel, The Warrior Within (2018), is a Planetary Romance set in an indefinite but perhaps rather distant future, on a long-inhabited world, where a colourful, complex but constrained culture seems to flourish, under the sway of an ornate but pragmatic Religion. The protagonist, mayor of a small town, ...

Westwood, Kim

(?   -    ) Australian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Oracle" in Redsine for July 2002. Her first novel, The Daughters of Moab (2008), is set in a Ruined Earth Australia, where remnants of Homo sapiens have evolved or suffered mutation (see Mutants): the resulting bifurcation into the Daughters of Moab, who are Genetically Engineered splices between humans and animals, and the diseased male Nathans leads to oppression (see ...

Taber, Deb

(?   -    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "How to Raise a Human" in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest for Fall 2006, which evokes Horror in SF. Her first novel, Necessary Ill (2013), depicts a morally ambiguous Near Future America where problems of Overpopulation and the exhaustion of planetary resources (see Climate Change; Ecology) are handled by the judicious use of a designer plague, becoming a Pandemic. This ...

Cambias, James L

(?   -    ) US game designer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Diagram of Rapture" in F&SF for April 2000, having already begun to work on projects like the GURPS Role Playing Game system; he has continued to work as a games designer. His first sf novel is the complex A Darkling Sea (2014), parts of the tale being based on an earlier story, The Ocean of the Blind (April 2004 F&SF; 2006 ebook). It shows in its worldbuilding ...

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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