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Spotswood, Claire Myers

(1896-1983) Working name of US author Clairene Lenora Allen Myers Owens for her first novel, and only work of sf interest, The Unpredictable Adventure: A Comedy of Woman's Independence (1935), a Utopia told in allegorical language. The protagonist, Tellectina Femina Christian, abandons Smug Harbor in the Land of Err for the Forbidden Kingdom of Nithking, where the two personae signalled by her given names become separate but incomplete individuals. Only in an ideal society, where women are ...

Martyn, Wyndham

Pseudonym of UK author William Henry Martin Hosken (1874-1963), in the US from around 1905, just before he began publishing fiction in American magazines, sometimes as W H G Wyndham Martin, Croydon Heath, or William Grenvil. He seems to have written (and may have lived as) Wyndham Martyn from an early date. Most of his thrillers involve secret agents, without fantastic content; the Anthony Trent sequence features a criminal who solves mysteries the police cannot. Nightmare Castle (1935) is a ...

Kleier, Glenn

(1949-    ) US businessman and author in whose very Near Future sf novel, The Last Day (1997), what appears to be a female Messiah crashes from above into an Israeli lab in 1999, just short of the millennium, but may be in fact the climax of an attempt to Clone supermen (see Superman) and not Christ at all. [JC]

Carruth, Hayden

(1862-1932) US author and literary editor of The Women's Home Companion; The Adventures of Jones (coll of linked stories 1895), in which Jones tell his audience various tall tales, some of them sf, some of them about his own Inventions; during the course of these narratives, much contemporary sf – including the fading vogue for the extraordinary voyage (see Fantastic Voyages) is spoofed. [JC]

Hobb, Robin

Pseudonym of US author Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (1952-    ), who published all her work before 1995 under the working name Megan Lindholm, almost everything that she wrote under this name being fantasy; as Hobb she has written nothing else besides fantasy. After some early children's fiction, she began to publish work of genre interest as Megan Lindholm with "Bones for Dulath" in Amazons! (anth 1979) edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. The characters from this tale ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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