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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

James Tiptree Jr Award

This juried award has been presented since March 1992 in memory of James Tiptree Jr, for sf or fantasy fiction that best "explores or expands gender roles". It is usually given at Wiscon, the annual Convention held in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2019, in the wake of debates about the renaming of the John W Campbell Award and John W Campbell Memorial Award, it was decided that the award should henceforth become the Otherwise Award ...

Science and Invention

US monthly letter-size popular-science magazine, Slick paper; 220 issues May 1913 to August 1931. It began as The Electrical Experimenter and changed title to Science and Invention in August 1920. Published 1913-1929 by Experimenter Publishing, under Hugo Gernsback until his bankruptcy in 1929, thereafter published by Radio-Science Publications. Although Gernsback was overall editor-in-chief, the hands-on editor was H ...

Colbeck, Alfred

(1858-1933) UK Methodist minister and author active from before 1900 as an author of magazine fiction, mostly for boys; When the Earth Swung Over: A Strange Story of the Mysterious White People of the Napo (1926; vt When the Earth Swung Over 2022) is a Lost World tale set in South America, where the survivors of the sinking of Atlantis have established a civilization. [JC]

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 ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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