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Schachner, Nat

(1895-1955) US chemist, lawyer and author, known mainly for biographies of US historical figures, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Tower of Evil" with Arthur Leo Zagat (it was also his first publication) for Wonder Stories Quarterly, Summer 1930. His collaboration with Zagat lasted over a year, all Schachner's first eleven stories being done with him, including a novel-length tale, Exiles of the Moon (September-November 1931 Wonder Stories; 2016). After they ceased ...

Gribbin, John

(1946-    ) UK author known mostly for his very numerous science popularizations. Most of his novels have been in collaboration and have tended to a certain narrative predictability, though the science content has always been impressively presented. The Sixth Winter (1979) with Douglas Orgill is a Hard-SF tale dealing with the coming of a new ice age (see Climate Change). Brother Esau (1982), again with Orgill, charts the events following the discovery of the Yeti. Double ...

Maxwell, Ann

(1944-    ) US author, also of detective thrillers as A E Maxwell and romances as Elizabeth Lowell. She began publishing work of genre interest with Change (1975), set in a Near Future Earth simultaneously challenged by First Contact with investigative Aliens and a Mutation which bestows Psi Powers on new-born children; eventually the protagonist, one of the "parans", joins a Pariah Elite and the complicated action moves off-planet. The Singer Enigma (1976), combining a ...

Duff, Douglas V

(1901-1978) Argentinian-born author of UK parents, in the UK from 1906. His service in both World Wars (in 1916 as a naval cadet who had his ship sunk under him), and his inter-war career in the Palestine Police, mark him as a Young Adult writer with nothing to prove about his own manliness; it may (or may not) be consequential upon his personal experience of the world that his work is (almost uniquely in his generation of writers) free of racial or sexual stereotyping: women are active and ...

Pseudoman, Akkad

Pseudonym of US inventor, academic and author Edwin Fitch Northrup (1866-1940), whose sf novel Zero to Eighty: Being my Lifetime Doings, Reflections, and Inventions: Also my Journey Around the Moon (1937) comprises the slightly wooden memoirs of "Kad" Pseudoman, whose early life incorporates some elements of the Edisonade – he discovers a gold mine in the West from which he profits mightily; he creates various Inventions, usually to do with Transportation; and he saves a country from its ...

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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