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Contributors to this encyclopedia may be identified by their initials, appearing (along with others if the entry has multiple authors) at the end of the main text for each entry. The first list below links initials to full names. Roughly half of the contributors themselves receive entries in this book, and are listed below with their surnames marked as normal hyperlinks to their entries. Brief descriptions of contributors without entries are incorporated into the list. A second list, further ...

Bixby, E Rew

(1912-2006) US author known only for his two sf adventures, Ambush Planet (1978) which is a Space Opera, and Fire Throne Mountain (1981), in which an attack of Aliens upon a colony planet is given a Planetary Romance flavour. [JC]

Cox, A B

(1893-1971) UK author, best known for detective stories as by Anthony Berkeley and as by Francis Iles; he also wrote some fantasies and at least two sf works: The Professor on Paws (1926), in which a man's brain is transplanted into the family cat (see Identity Transfer), but – in an odd prefiguration of Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) – gradually finds his human intellect fading into the cunning stupor of his feline host; and The Merchant Prince; ...

Petaja, Emil

(1915-2000) US author of Finnish descent, most of whose earlier fiction was fantasy rather than sf; occasionally he wrote as E Theodore Pine (once with Henry L Hasse), though only in magazines. He began publishing in 1935 with "The Two Doors" for the semiprozine Unusual Stories; his first professional sale was "Time Will Tell" for Amazing in June 1942. Some of his early work can be found in Stardrift, and Other Fantastic Flotsam (coll 1971). A friend of Hannes Bok, Petaja founded the Bokanalia ...

Huang Yi

Pen name of Huang Zuqiang (1952-2017), a Chinese author primarily of the historical swords-and-sorcery genre known as Wuxia. After training as a painter, he served as an assistant curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, before resigning in 1989 to dedicate himself to his writing. Huang's wuxia work, written in imitation of Ni Kuang and Jin Yong, might have remained firmly in the realm of Fantasy, were it not for his controversial Xun Qin Ji ["Searching for the Qin"] (1997), in which a Near ...

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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