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Berger, Harold L

(1923-2013) US academic and critic, a professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Hartford until his retirement in 1986. His Science Fiction and the New Dark Age (1976) is a study of Dystopian sf, taking in Genre SF as well as such Mainstream Writers of SF as Aldous Huxley and Michael Young. The ...

Malcolm, Roy

Joint pseudonym of Donald Malcolm and Archie Roy for four nonfiction pieces published in mid- to late 1950s SF Magazines: "A Tenth Planet?" (June 1955 New Worlds), "Is Bode's Law a Coincidence?" (July 1955 Astounding), "Whose Moon?" (February 1956 New Worlds) and "First Breakthrough" ([October] 1958 Nebula ...

Bell, Ted

(1946-2023) US advertising executive (ending in 2001 as Creative Director at Young and Rubicam) and author, best known for the Lord Alex Hawke series of nonfantastic political thrillers beginning with Hawke (2003) [series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for the Young Adult Nick McIver Time Adventure series beginning with Nick of Time: An Adventure Through Time (2000), whose young protagonist lives with his brave ...

del Rey, Lester

(1915-1993) Pseudonym of US author who claimed that his full name was Ramón Felipe Alvarez-del Rey, or sometimes Ramón Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico Smith Heathcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez-del Rey y de los Verdes; his actual name, according to the lawyers who settled his estate and other sources, was Leonard Knapp. In 2004 Stephen Holland presented US census evidence establishing to general agreement that Del Rey was born Leonard Knapp, ...

Klass, David

(1960-    ) US screenwriter and author, son of occasional sf short story writer Morton Klass (1927-2001), nephew of Philip Klass (William Tenn) and brother of Judy Klass, who began publishing short fiction with "Ringtoss" for Seventeen in 1978. Of his fiction, much of which has been written for Young Adult readers, the Caretaker sequence – comprising ...

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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