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Quantum Muse

US Online Magazine produced by Michael Gallant, Timothy O Goyette and originally with Raymond M Coulombe. The magazine has had two existences. The original ran for 94 monthly issues, with just a few gaps, from April 1999 to Summer 2007, the last two issues quarterly. It then went into hiatus and re-emerged as a new magazine with a new website from November 2008 to the present, again monthly with additional editorial work by Michele Dutcher. The two incarnations have much in common, including ...

Kuttner, Henry

(1915-1958) US author, married to C L Moore from 1940 until his death; his childhood interest in Weird Tales early led him to correspond with H P Lovecraft and others: his first sale to the magazine was a poem, "Ballad of the Gods", in February 1936, followed by "The Graveyard Rats" (March 1936 Weird Tales). His stories for the magazine included a Robert E Howard-like Sword-and-Sorcery series collected as Elak of Atlantis (stories May 1938-January 1941 Weird Tales; coll of linked stories 1985). ...

Bock, Dennis

(1964-    ) Canadian teacher and author, active from the late 1990s, most of whose work has been nonfantastic. His first novel, Going Home Again (2013), is an analysis of the consequences of World War Two through the interwoven stories of its three afflicted protagonists. He is of specific sf interest for The Good German (2020), an Alternate History tale whose Jonbar Point is the successful assassination of Hitler in 1939; it is not technically a Hitler Wins story, but ...

Nelson, Kathleen H

(?   -    ) US author of The Human Thing (1999), a Space Opera in which a female Starship pilot is transformed after an accident into a Cyborg with Amnesia, and must recover her past to save herself in an interstellar conflict. [JC]

Speer, Jack

(1920-2008) US fan, attorney and author, an early member of Fandom who was active from the mid-1930s, publishing a letter in Wonder Stories for September 1934. In fandom he also used the hoax persona John A Bristol 1938-1939. He published the first significant history of the fan community as an instalment of his Fanzine Full Length Articles (1938-1960s), each of whose six issues was a chapbook devoted to a single topic and circulated through FAPA: #1 examined Mark Twain as an sf author and #2 ...

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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