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Evans, Linda

(1958-    ) US author whose first novel Sleipnir (1994) is a fantasy in which a modern GI intervenes in the world of Norse Gods and Mythology as Ragnarok looms. With Robert Asprin, Evans co-wrote the Time Scout sequence of Time Travel adventures beginning with Time Scout (1995), in which accidentally formed Time Gates (or Wormholes) provide access to past eras which time scouts must check for lurking danger before organized tourism can begin. Her second solo novel Far Edge ...

Kaul, Fedor

(circa 1901-1960) German-born film critic and author, active in 1920s Germany, in UK from 1932. His sf novel, Die Welt ohne Gedächtnis (untraced but ?1933; trans Winifred Ray as Contagion to this World 1933), begins conventionally enough with a deformed Scientist, thwarted in love, determining to revenge himself on the world by releasing dangerous bacteria he has developed; this Pandemic turns out to have a memory-erasing effect on humans (see Memory Edit). The scientist's love-affair ...

Stark, Raymond

(1919-1983) US author who wrote detective stories as by John Norwood, and in whose Crossroads to Nowhere (1956) an anarchist unsuccessfully confronts an urban Near Future dictatorship before escaping into the wilds, where his kind may survive, and perhaps build a Utopia. [JC]

Paradox [magazine]

1. Romanian magazine. See Romania. / 2. US Semiprozine of historical and speculative fiction, published by Paradox Publications, Brooklyn, New York and edited by Christopher Cevasco; 13 issues, Spring 2003 to Spring 2009, twelve as print issues, letter-size on good quality but non-slick stock, plus issue #4 (Spring 2004) only downloadable online. The magazine sought to bring together what might at first seem to be the two disparate fields of historical fiction and speculative fiction ...

Banks, David

(1951-    ) UK actor who played the Cyberleader (1982-1988) in the television series Doctor Who, for which series he wrote a "biography" tied to his role, Doctor Who: Cybermen (1988; rev 1990), which he adapted into a series of radio cassettes (1989-1990); more recently, he wrote a novel tied to the series, Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Iceberg (1993). [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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