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Waugh, Charles G

(1943-    ) US college professor, anthologist and author, most of whose work up to 2002 – 193 titles all told – was in collaboration with Martin H Greenberg, either alone or with further collaborators. These included such "name" authors as Robert Adams, Poul Anderson, Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, David A Drake, Joe Haldeman, Barry N Malzberg, Richard Matheson, Robert Silverberg, S M Stirling and Jane Yolen. In this period, 1979-2002, Waugh co-edited 80 ...

Williams, T Owen

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his contribution to the Robert Hale Limited sf list of A Month for Mankind (1970) – a novel in which UFOs prove to be crewed by Aliens from planet Boran who plan to take over the Earth via the usual Invasion. [JC/DRL]

Captain Zero

US Pulp magazine, three bimonthly issues, November 1949-March 1950, published by Recreational Reading Corp., Indiana, edited anonymously by Alden H Norton. Each issue contained a novel written by prolific pulp author G T Fleming-Roberts (1910-1968). As a result of a radiation overdose, Captain Zero (alias "The Master of Midnight") becomes involuntarily invisible at night; he uses his unwanted gift to operate against the underworld. When invisible he speaks in italics. This, the last of the hero ...

William, Eli K P

(?   -    ) Canadian author, resident in Japan where his Near Future Jubilee Cycle sequence, beginning with Cash Crash Jubilee (2015), is set, in a Cyberpunk-inflected Dystopian Tokyo. In a world where all human actions have been turned into intellectual property owned by corporations, the protagonist finds himself charged for insanely expensive behaviours he did not commit. The plot, which soon thickens, may give him an escape from liquidation as the series ...

Miller, William Amos

(circa 1875-?   ) UK-born author, in USA from childhood, who briefly describes his experience of being both blind and deaf in the preface to his Utopia, The Sovereign Guide: A Tale of Eden (1898), whose San Francisco-based protagonist, on a visit to Rome, is taken by an angel to a magnet-powered submarine which conducts him downwards into the Hollow Earth. Here he discovers a land called Eden boasting high Technology, vegetarianism, placid class distinctions, and several pacific ...

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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