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Germano, Peter B

Working name of US author and television scriptwriter Pietro Baptisto Germano (1913-1983), who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Lost Planet" as by Barry Cord for Thrilling Wonder Stories in March 1941. Most of his books were Westerns [not listed below] as by Cord and also under the further pseudonyms James Kane, Jim Kane and Jack Slade. His only sf novels are the unremarkable The Pyramids from Space (1970) and ...

Rao Zhonghua

(1933-2010) Chinese author and editor at the Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House, in which capacity he edited journals on metallurgy and, the million-selling Kexue Huabao ["Science Pictorial"] from 1972-1986. A great popularizer of science, in the mode of a Chinese Isaac Asimov, he also wrote many book reviews that helped to push and define the sf genre in China. He played a key role in the flowering of Chinese sf ...

Lester, Horace Frank

(1853-1896) Indian-born lawyer and journalist, in UK from an early age, associated with Punch from 1878 until his death; of sf interest is his Future War tale, The Taking of Dover (1888 chap) as H F Lester, in which France mounts a dishonourable but successful Invasion of England. The tale is notable for its early supposition that England may be defeated through subterfuge – five French ...

Villiers de L'Isle-Adam

Working name of French poet, playwright and author Jean-Marie-Mathias-Philippe-Auguste, Comte de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam (1838-1889); he was an extremely impoverished member of a minor branch of the Villiers de L'Isle-Adam family, long prominent in Brittany. Active as a poet from about 1859, even his first work, Premières poésies (coll 1859 chap), expressing the extremist Decadence that governed his contrarian stance as regards his ...

Suga Hiroe

(1963-    ) Japanese author, musician and traditional dancer with strong connections to Japanese Fandom. Her professional debut "Blue Flight" (April 1981 SF Hōseki) [original title in English] had initially appeared in a Fanzine but was spotted by Tetsu Yano and bought for reprint. After the publication of the historical mystery Miyako no Kijo ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...



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