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Thiessen, J Grant

(1947-    ) Canadian book dealer and bibliographer, editor of The Science-Fiction Collector, whose individual issues he later assembled as The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 1 (anth 1980), containing issues 1-6, The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 2 (anth 1981), containing issues 7-10 and The Science Fiction Collector, Volume 3 (anth 1981), containing issues 11-14. The three volumes have proved a valuable resource for sf Bibliography ever since. Using his bookshop, ...

Lance, Kathryn

(1943-    ) US author, much of whose work has consisted of non-sf tales for children, almost always as by Lynn Beach [see selection in Checklist below], and other non-sf Young Adult tales. Her sf has been restricted to the Pandora sequence – Pandora's Genes (1985) and Pandora's Children (1986) – set in an environmentally degraded, Mutant-rife Ruined Earth where pluck and luck seem set to ensure a viable (and in romance terms satisfactory) future. [JC]

Scoville, Samuel, Jr

(1872-1950) US attorney, ornithologist and author, his nonfiction mostly popular books on natural history for younger readers; of his novels, the Boy Scouts sequence (after the first, which is nonfantastic) are of some sf interest: in The Blue Pearl (November 1919-October 1920 St Nicholas Magazine as "The Boy Scouts in the North; Or, the Blue Pearl"; 1920) the boys find in the far North a Lost Race which allows them – after suitable Scout-like tests – to visit the warm Island at the ...

Bainbridge, William Sims

(1940-    ) US sociologist whose interest in the mapping of sf as a subculture and as a presentation of worldviews has distinguished his career, an early example, published within the frame of Genre SF, being "New Maps of Science Fiction" in Analog Yearbook (anth 1978) edited by Ben Bova; as commonly found in some academic disciplines, the essay was written in collaboration, in this case with Murray M Dalziel. Bainbridge's own studies of sf include The Spaceflight Revolution ...

Brown, Alec

(1900-1962) UK translator and author whose early work, like The Honest Bounder (1927), grappled with interbellum Europe from a left perspective; in his sf novel, Angelo's Moon (1955), set in an Underground city in Africa called Hypolitania, a white scientist offers some hope of countering the degeneration of our species. [JC]

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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