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Favole, Robert J

(1950-    ) US author of two connected Time Travel tales for the Young Adult market, Through the Wormhole (2001) and Monday Redux (2003), each involving its young protagonist in a trip back through time to save friends and relatives from danger. [JC]

Wells, Barry

Pseudonym of UK author Horace Arthur Richards (1911-1971), author of one sf Tie of interest, The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), novelizing the Disaster film The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) [which see]. This novel resolves the film's cliffhanger ending (will the news headline be "World Saved" or "World Doomed"?) on its final page, when the rains do come and the Earth is indeed saved. [DRL]

Tuttle, Lisa

(1952-    ) US-born author, in the UK from late 1980, married to Christopher Priest 1981-1987. An early member of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, she very rapidly established her name as a writer in short forms, beginning with her first story, "Stranger in the House", for Robin Scott Wilson's Clarion II (anth 1972), and winning the 1974 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stories very frequently make quietly devastating use of genre devices – ...

Forward, Robert L

(1932-2002) US physicist and author, senior scientist at Hughes Research Laboratories and one of the most devoted Hard-SF authors of the 1980s; married to Martha Dodson Forward, father of Julie Forward Fuller (with whom he has collaborated on sf) and supernatural fiction author Robert Dodson Forward (1958-    ). He began publishing sf with "The Singing Diamond" (February 1979 Omni), and made a very considerable impact with the Dragon's Egg sequence, comprising Dragon's Egg ...

Aikin, Charles

(?   -    ) US author of a Hollow Earth novel, Forty Years With the Damned; or, Life Inside the Earth (1895), a kind of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Utopia, though there are aerial conflicts. The protagonists, who have escaped slavery in antebellum America, later fly in a Spaceship to Mars, where they undergo further adventures. [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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