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Deighton, Len

Working name of Leonard Cyril Deighton (1929-    ), UK author of spy novels, cookery books and some other nonfiction, still perhaps best known for his early espionage thrillers such as The Ipcress File (1962), the first of the Secret File sequence which features the same undisciplined and unnamed secret agent. The fourth volume of the series, Billion-Dollar Brain (1966), is set in an indeterminate Near Future ...

Ward, Dayton

(1967-    ) US soldier, software developer and author whose career in the latter capacity succeed his eleven years active service in the Marine Corps, most of his stories and books located in various regions of the Star Trek universe, beginning with his first story, "Reflections" in Strange New Worlds (anth 1998) edited by Paula M Block, John J Ordover and Dean Wesley Smith. Almost all of his ...

Maddux, Rachel

(1912-1983) US author best known for nonfantastic work like A Walk in the Spring Rain (1966) and who began publishing work of genre interest with "Turnip's Blood" for Story Magazine in 1936. In The Green Kingdom (1957), a Lost World tale, a mysterious enclave serves as a kind of echo chamber that amplifies the interactions of the five bewildered protagonists trapped in the unknown. Some of the stories assembled as ...

Rud, Anthony

(1893-1942) US author and Pulp-magazine editor whose first story seems to have been "The October Blight" for The Green Book Magazine in March 1918. He contributed sf to Weird Tales, The Blue Book Magazine, Thrilling Wonder Stories and others; typical of this work is his first Weird Tales story "Ooze" (March 1923 ...

Foster, M A

(1939-2020) US author, former data-systems analyst and sequentially a Russian linguist and ICBM launch-crew commander to the US Air Force; he was also a semiprofessional photographer. After some poetry, released privately as Shards from Byzantium (coll 1969 chap) and The Vaseline Dreams of Hundifer Jones (coll 1970 chap), he began to publish sf with the ambitious Ler trilogy about a race of Supermen created by ...

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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