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Bevis, H U

(1902-2001) US house-painter, author of a series of unremarkable sf adventures including Space Stadium (1970), in which opponents play wargames in space with world control the prize, and The Time Winder (1970), whose protagonists escape killer Robots by Time Travel. [JC]

Goodwin, John C

(1891-1951) UK author of several popular books on crime and criminals, and of The Rainbox (1935), an Invention tale about a rain-making device. [JC]

Hargreaves, Gerald

(1881-1972) UK politician, judge, composer, playwright and author, in active service during World War One. He is of some sf interest for his only published play, Atalanta: A Story of Atlantis: A Fantasy with Music (1948) as by His Honour Judge Sir Gerald Hargreaves (see Atlantis), a musical drama based, according to his introduction, on Plato's Critias (circa 350 BCE) and Ignatius Donnelly's Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (1882). The story is not unconfused, and there is no evidence Atalanta ...

Doucette, Gene

(1968-    ) US author whose Immortal Universe sequence, beginning with Immortal (2010), is fantasy, tracing the survival strategies of an Immortal being. Doucette is of sf interest primarily for the Spaceship Next Door sequence, beginning with The Spaceship Next Door (2015), in which – after a Starship has landed in Sorrow Falls in semi-rural New England – actual First Contact seems to have been delayed for three years, but then is suddenly established. The ...

Huff, Tanya

(1957-    ) Canadian author whose wife Fiona Patton (1962-    ) writes fantasy exclusively. She began publishing work of genre interest with "What Little Girls are Made Of" for Magic in Ithkar 3 (anth 1986) edited by Robert Adams and Andre Norton. Most of her subsequent work has also been fantasy, beginning with the Novels of Crystal sequence comprising Child of the Grove (1988) and The Last Wizard (1989). The Blood sequence beginning with Blood Price ...

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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