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Karig, Walter

(1898-1956) US journalist, naval officer and author, a pseudonymous author for many years for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, including three Nancy Drew books as by Carolyn Keene, and various others. War in the Atomic Age? (1946 chap) compresses into very few pages – beginning with a description of World War Three in 1976 – a sequence of superscience duels between the USA and Galaxia, including nuclear warfare, Force Fields, biological Weapons and underwater Robot tanks. The USA wins ...

Cooper, Clare

(1935-    ) UK author – not to be confused with the US writer Brenda Cooper – almost exclusively of novels for Young Adult readers, beginning with David's Ghost (1980). Of her tales of genre interest, the Simon Jones sequence, beginning with The Black Horn (1981), is fantasy; Earthchange (1985) describes a Ruined Earth and the attempts of its young cast to build a new life; Ashar of Qarius (1988) pits its slightly saccharine child protagonists against an Alien on ...

Olesker, J Bradford

(1949-    ) US author of The Siege of Superport (1978), a Technothriller in which a "superport" built in deep waters to transfer oil to tankers is under threat by terrorists; the technologies involved are marginally in advance of 1978 reality. Beyond Forever (1981) is a Young Adult fantasy. [JC]

Fearing, Kenneth

(1902-1961) US poet and author, who supported himself in early years in part by writing softcore pornography as by Kirk Wolff, and whose early renown as a poet faded perceptibly even before his death; he is now known mainly for mysteries like The Big Clock (1946), a tale whose atmosphere adumbrates the film-noir tonality of later US fantasy. Fearing's only sf novel proper is Clark Gifford's Body (1942), which gravely and literately portrays a Near-Future US civil war, its thirty point-of-view ...

Short, Dorothy Dudley

(?   -?   ) UK editor and author whose Judy and the Magic Rocket (1933 chap) is an educational Science Fantasy in which a kindly mage gives the eponymous young girl a guided tour of the Moon, Mars and Venus, followed by Time Travel back to the creation of the solar system. [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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