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McNelly, Willis E

(1920-2003) US academic, sf critic and editor long based at California State University at Fullerton, where he gave what were among the earlier sf classes in the USA. His anthologies include the Mars-themed Mars, We Love You (anth 1971; vt The Book of Mars 1976) edited with Jane Hipolito, Above the Human Landscape: A Social Science Fiction Anthology (anth 1972) edited with Leon E Stover and Science Fiction Novellas (anth 1975) edited with Harry Harrison; the last title had a companion work, ...

Allaby, Michael

(1933-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfiction texts in fields like Ecology; but his The Greening of Mars (1984) with James Lovelock (of Gaia Hypothesis fame), though basically a nonfiction study of how Mars might be settled, is told as a fictionalized narrative whose tone is upliftingly Utopian. [JC]

MacLean, Katherine

(1925-2019) US author who took a BA from Barnard College, New York, did postgraduate study in psychology, became a quality-control lab technician in a food factory, and subsequently served as a college lecturer in creative writing and literature. Much of MacLean's output consisted of short stories, most of which, including her first, "Defense Mechanism" in October 1949, appeared in Astounding; as in much of her later work, Psi Powers are central. She generally wrote under her own name, although ...

Moody, H A

(?   -?   ) US author of an unusually intense Lost Race tale, The City Without a Name (1898), in which a white explorer, disguising himself as an Indian, discovers an Incan City whose king is in fact a woman in disguise. The land is surrounded by Monsters. They fall in love, marry, have a son, she is killed, her husband escapes. Twenty years later the son must decide whether or not to return to claim the throne. [JC]

Arkell, Will J

(1856-1930) US author of Napoleon Smith (1888) with A T Worden (?   -?   ), writing together as by A Well-Known New Yorker. Arkell, a wealthy US businessman, had bought Judge magazine in the mid-1880s (and used it as a Republican platform to attack the Democratic administration): the novel – a tame political Satire set in the Near Future – appeared from The Judge Publishing Company. [JC/AR]

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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