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Finlay, C C

Working name of Charles Coleman Finlay (1964-    ), US author and editor who is married to Rae Carson; his first work of genre interest was "Footnotes" in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction for August 2001. This, like other early work including the fantasy novel The Prodigal Troll (2005), was published under his full name. His Traitor to the Crown trilogy opening with The Patriot Witch (2009) is an interesting fantasy/Alternate History reworking of the US War of ...

Psionics

A common item of sf Terminology, usually referring to the study and use of Psi Powers, under which head this meaning is discussed. Never part of the vocabulary of J B Rhine, whose speculations fell on fertile ground in the early-middle days of Genre SF (see Golden Age of SF), the term seems to have first appeared in print in Jack Williamson's story "The Greatest Invention" (July 1951 Astounding). John W Campbell Jr became an eager advocate of psionics, not only in fiction but as a real-world ...

Snell, Gordon

(?   -    ) UK broadcaster, screenwriter and author, mostly for younger children; for a youngish Young Adult market he published an sf series, the undemanding Tom's Amazing Machine sequence beginning with Tom's Amazing Machine (1988), and featuring a talking Computer named Zenda. [JC]

Longmate, Norman

(1925-2016) UK author whose works include detective novels but who concentrated on military history, the point of view from which he approaches the Hitler Wins scenario of If Britain Had Fallen (1972), based on the 1972 BBC Television series speculating on the fall of Britain in 1940, after a Nazi Invasion. Longmate's text is remorselessly focused. [JC]

Logan, Michael

(1970-    ) Scottish journalist and author who is of sf interest for Apocalypse Cow (2012), a gonzo exercise in comic Equipoise in which it is discovered that an infected British cow, which is in fact a bovine Zombie, has escaped slaughter; chaos soon churns the Near Future up. [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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