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Kellett, E E

(1864-1950) UK schoolmaster and author, in whose one book of fiction, A Corner in Sleep and Other Impossibilities (coll 1900), some stories of sf interest can be found: mainly perhaps "The New Frankenstein" (May 1899 Pearson's), the facetious tale of a Robot entangled in a web of useless Inventions,and "Memoria Ponderosa", about an experimental Memory Edit that goes wrong. Later tales continue in the same vein, including, "The Lady Automaton" (June 1901 Pearson's Magazine), in which a ...

Asaro, Catherine

(1955-    ) US physicist, with a PhD in Chemical Physics from Harvard University, author, and editor who for a short period produced a Semiprozine paying professional rates, Mindspark, with five issues between August 1993 and Fall 1994. At about the same time she began publishing work of genre interest with "Dance in Blue" in Christmas Forever (anth 1993) edited by David G Hartwell. She remains best-known for the complex ongoing Saga of the Skolian Empire Space Opera ...

Teague, Mark

(1963-    ) US illustrator and author, almost invariably in both cases for younger children. A series like Cynthia Rylants' Poppleton, for which his illustrations have been admired, is a case in point: written for young readers, it follows the adventures of the eponymous pig after he moves to the big city [the sequence is not listed below]. Of sf interest is an Young Adult tale, The Doom Machine (2009), written and illustrated by Teague, whose protagonist's life is changed ...

Stoker, Shannon

(1985-    ) US attorney and author whose Young Adult Dystopian sequence, the Registry series beginning with The Registry (2013), is set in a Near Future America where young women are treated in a manner evocative of the role of Women in SF predicted by Margaret Atwood in The Handmaid's Tale (1985). At the age of eighteen, nubile females are auctioned off as breeders. The young protagonist learns from her older sister that there are strings attached, and decides she wishes to ...

Ryan, Charles C

(1946-    ) US editor and publisher. A newspaperman by profession, Ryan is known in the sf world for the two SF Magazines he has edited, Galileo (1975-1980) and Aboriginal Science Fiction (1986-2001), both of which at their peak reached surprisingly high circulations. In 1991, with John Betancourt, he founded the Small Press First Books, designed to publish limited-edition hardcovers of first books by writers discovered by Aboriginal Science Fiction. One of these was Letters ...

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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