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Mayo, The Earl of

Working name of Irish politician and author, Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke (1851-1927), 7th Earl of Mayo, whose Future War novel, The War Cruise of the "Aries" (1894), pits Britain against France, the battle turning on the use of a new Invention, a kind of mobile battering ram the size of a ship. [JC]

Caraker, Mary

(1929-    ) US author of whom relatively little is known; she is of Finnish descent and began to publish sf when she was nearing 50, with "The Vampires who Loved Beowulf" for Analog in January 1983, a story which makes up part of her first novel, Seven Worlds (fixup 1986), whose protagonist, a tough female Space Exploratory Forces agent named Morgan Faraday, is entrusted with the task of improving Communications between humans and other species. Its Young Adult sequel, The ...


Working name of American artist Gerald Brom (1965-    ). Growing up in the family of a United States Army pilot, the young Brom lived in a number of locations and concluded his formal education by graduating from high school in Frankfurt, Germany. The self-trained Brom first worked in commercial art before joining TSR in 1989, contributing art to the Dungeons and Dragons game and painting book covers, with particular attention to developing imagery for the Dungeons and ...

Dowling, Terry

Working name of Australian lecturer in English, television performer, songwriter and author Terence William Dowling (1947-    ). One of the most interesting new voices in 1990s Australian local sf, Dowling has gleaned international praise as well. His master's thesis was, unusually for Australia, about sf – its topic was J G Ballard and the Surrealists. "The Man Who Walks Away behind the Eyes" (May/June 1982 Omega Science Digest), a Ditmar Award winner, inaugurated an ...

Maddox, Michelle

Pseudonym of Canadian author Michelle Rouillard (1971-    ) for her sf romance Countdown (2008), whose heroine must cope with psychic distress and what seems to be an imprisoning Pocket Universe from which to be rescued. Horror and fantasy novels under her own name are not listed below. [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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