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Davis, Phil

(?   -    ) US author of a Technothriller, Nemesis (1979), whose hero keeps ultimate Disaster at bay. [JC]

Sidewise Award

These annual awards for Alternate History fiction were conceived in 1995 by Evelyn C Leeper, Robert B Schmunk and Steven H Silver, and have since been presented annually in two categories, Long Form for works of more than 60,000 words and Short Form for works (including poems) of less than 60,000 words. The awards' name is a homage to Murray Leinster's short ...

Showalter, Gena

(1975-    ) US author almost exclusively of paranormal romances [not listed below], mostly designed for the Young Adult market. Of sf interest is the Alien Huntress sequence beginning with Awaken Me Darkly (2005), set in a Near Future New Chicago infested by Aliens, most of them not amiable; the kick-ass protagonist, head of the police department's Alien ...

Wolf, Gary K

(1941-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Love Story" in Worlds of Tomorrow for Winter 1970, which he followed with several sharply Satirical tales over the next few years. The best of these, like "Doctor Rivet and Supercon Sal" (January 1976 F&SF), are generally thought to scan American society with a sharper, cleaner vision than that attained in his ...

Pflug, Ursula

(1958-    ) Tunisian born author, raised in Canada, who began to publish work of interest with "Memory Lapse at The Waterfront" (in New Bodies: A Collection of Science Fiction, anth 1981, ed anon), which was assembled, with other speculative fictions, as After the Fires (coll 2008). Her novel, Green Music (2001), Equipoisally combines Afterlife fantasy [see The ...

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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