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Wedlake, G E C

(1897-1978) UK playwright and author who is of some sf interest for The Wrecking Ray (1935), the eponymous Ray apparently attacking via radio waves. [JC/SH]

Winawer, Melodie

(circa 1968-    ) US neurologist, research scientist and author whose first novel, The Scribe of Siena (2017) is a Timeslip tale whose protagonist, a neurosurgeon, is transported into fourteenth century Siena, her transposition triggered by the sight of her face on a painting by the (fictional) Gabriele Accorsi. It is just before the Black Death savagely afflicts the affluent, bustling City. ...

Matter Penetration

The ability to walk through walls or be otherwise transported through solid matter is a wish-fulfilment fantasy less prevalent than Invisibility, perhaps owing to its greater scientific implausibility. The first sf example is perhaps "The Ray of Displacement" (October 1903 The Metropolitan Magazine) by Harriet Prescott Spofford, whose titular Ray diffuses an individual's atoms and ...

De Wohl, Louis

Working name of German author Lajos Theodor Gaspar Adolf Wohl (1903-1961), who also wrote as Ludwig von Wohl; in London from 1935 due to his mixed Hungarian and Jewish ancestry. Quite certainly due to his serious interest in astrology, he served during World War Two for the British Special Operations Executive generating "false" astrological predictions of coming German doom to distress Hitler, though his claims that the Führer was significantly ...

Atholl, Justin

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author Thomas Sidney Denham (1906-1968), who wrote nonfiction under his own name. As by Justin Atholl, Denham wrote several very short sf novels, which appeared obscurely but nevertheless are of some interest. Death in the Green Fields (1944 chap) features a death-dealing fungus. Land of Hidden Death (1944 chap) is a Lost-World tale. The Oasis of Sleep (1944 chap) invokes ...

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 ...

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