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Wise, Robert A

Pseudonym of US author Fred J Gebhart (?   -    ), whose sf novel was the routine 12 to the Moon (1961) for Badger Books. He is unconnected with the film director Robert Wise. [JC]

Kowal, Mary Robinette

(1969-    ) US author and professional puppeteer, known for her series of Jane Austen-inflected fantasies beginning with Shades of Milk and Honey (2010); see Checklist below for full listing. She has also written short fiction, some of it sf. Her first published story of genre interest was "Just Right" for The First Line in 2005; early short fiction was collected in Scenting the Dark and Other Stories (coll 2009). Kowal received the John W Campbell Award for best new writer ...

Lane, Jeremy

(1893-1963) US author of two Lost Race tales: Yellow Men Sleep (3 May-31 May 1919 All-Story Weekly as "The Fragrant Web"; 1919) features the sophisticated empire of Tau Kuan, whose rulers are descended from the Great Khans, and who have remained hidden in the Gobi Desert sustained by the Drug Koresh as the once-fertile region desiccated, but whose secretive trade in the drug now arouses Western fears of a Yellow Peril threat to civilization; and The Left Hand of God (1929). [JC]

Brunner, John

(1934-1995) UK author, mostly of sf, though he published several thrillers, contemporary novels and volumes of poetry [see Checklist below]. He began very early to submit sf stories to periodicals – several appeared under the working name K Houston Brunner, based on his own middle names – and when he was 17 published his first novel, Galactic Storm (1951) under the House Name Gill Hunt. Even in a field noted for its early starters, his precocity was remarkable. His first American ...

McNeil, John

(1939-2004) UK entrepreneur, software developer and author of Little Brother (1983), a tale of sf Paranoia in which young children are ominously taken over by sinister Computers with rightwing agendas. [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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