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Goldsmith, Cele

(1933-2002) US editor of SF Magazines who in 1956-1958 was assistant editor and then managing editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic under Paul W Fairman, becoming editor of both in December 1958; she held this position until June 1965, when the magazines were sold and ceased for a time to publish original stories. Under her editorship the quality of both improved markedly; she was prepared to encourage experiment and was particularly sensitive to new writers. Among the authors whose first ...

Waugh, Evelyn

(1903-1966) UK author, known mostly for a series of black inter-War Satires, such as Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), and for Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (1945). Some of his early novels utilize imaginary African countries for satirical purposes; in Black Mischief (1932), the Azanian Empire occupies a great Island very similar to Madagascar, and in Scoop (1938), the inland dominion of Ishmaelia, in part as remote as any ...

Hitler Wins

For nearly three-quarters of a century it has been an enjoyable creative exercise to imagine what kind of Alternate History might have evolved had Germany won World War Two, and many novels and stories have been written to explore that assumption; these tales almost always avoid any reference to the Final Solution, and cannot stand as examples of Holocaust Fiction, even by inference, for the Final Solution cannot ethically be escaped in fictions. / Alternate-history visions of Hitler ...

Fahy, Christopher

(1937-    ) US author whose first works – like The Compost Heap (1970) – convey in mundane contexts a quiet enragedness that can seem scattershot. After his first story with genre content, "Carnival" for Gallery in August 1980 – assembled with much of his short fiction of fantastic interest in Matinee at the Flame (coll 2006) – most of his later work of interest is Horror, though The Lyssa Syndrome (1990) introduces a focusing sf element in its ...

Silverberg, Robert

(1935-    ) US editor and author, extremely prolific writer of more than one hundred sf books, a large number of nonfiction books (not always under his own name) and a great deal of other work, including an estimated two hundred erotic novels as by Don Elliott [see Checklist for an example] and other undisclosed pseudonyms [these and other books of no sf interest are omitted from the Checklist]; he has also edited or co-edited more than seventy anthologies. He began to write ...

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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