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Blacker, Terence

(1948-    ) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers and for younger children, active from about 1984; he is best known for his Mz Wiz stories for younger children, and has also written adult novels. Of sf interest is The Angel Factory (2001), in which the young protagonist's parents turn out to be Aliens who have adopted him for reasons not entirely to his liking. [JC]

Hoyle, Fred

(1915-2001) UK astronomer and author, famed in the former capacity for his maverick views on many subjects, including a long-held advocacy of the Steady State Universe theory that the Universe had been in a state of constant creation for ever (see Continuous Creation), a concept replaced after much acrimony by the universally preferred Big Bang theory advocated by George Gamow and others (Hoyle in fact coined the term "Big Bang", though disparagingly; see Cosmology). A possible consequence of ...

Raymond, John

A rarely used House Name of John Spencer and Co, appearing on the novel Zamba of the Jungle (1951) by Leonard G Fish and on the title story by R L Fanthorpe of Supernatural Stories No. 2: The Incredulist (anth 1954). The latter was issued under Spencer's Badger Books imprint; confusingly, "The Incredulist" is credited on the cover to Fanthorpe's frequent pseudonym Lionel Roberts, while three of the five stories – making up some 80% of the book and including the novelette on which the ...

Mackel, Kathryn

(1950-    ) US screenwriter and author who writes for adult and Young Adult readers as Kathryn Mackel, and for younger readers as Kathy Mackel. Her work throughout is infused with Christian beliefs and advocacies, which govern her deployment of sf tropes, so that events initially seen as sf soon become Equipoisal between sf and supernatural fiction before unfolding in terms of dramas where the End of the World is couched as a Godgame drama designed to separate sinners from ...

Marlow, Louis

Pseudonym of UK lecturer in English studies and author Louis Umfreville Wilkinson (1881-1966), active from 1903 or earlier, who also wrote novels under his real name. Of sf interest is The Devil in Crystal (1944) which, in Marlow's typically pert, dandiacal, somewhat overeager manner, describes the effects of a sort of self-possession. The protagonist finds himself Timeslipped twenty years into his own past, where he relives his life (see Identity Transfer) while being all the while conscious ...

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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