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Hughes, Ted

(1930-1998) Working name of UK poet Edward James Hughes for all his writing. He is best known for volumes of dark, violent verse such as Crow (coll 1970; rev 1971), which like much of his work features representations of other species in terms hinting at internally generated but mythically resonant metamorphoses; also of interest as an unfettered contribution to the fantastic is Gaudete (1977), a book-length narrative poem whose protagonist, after his abduction into Hell, is replaced by a ...

Pepper, Frank S

(1910-1988) UK author, mostly for comics and boys' papers, perhaps best known for the Captain Condor series of adventures (23 February 1952-18 May 1974 the Lion), not all episodes being by Pepper. Big Deep (1977 chap) is a Young Adult sf novel in which radiation-caused Pollution creates Mutant Monsters Under the Sea. [JC/MA]

Sykes, A L

(?   -?   ) US author of a Near Future adventure, Banduk Jaldi Banduk! (Quick My Rifle!) (1907; vt The Countersign: A Story of Tibet 1909) with Claude P Jones, whose American-born heroine, believing herself to reincarnate Kubla Khan (see Reincarnation), frees Tibet from China with the help of an amorous American who arrives by Balloon. [JC]

Berryman, John

(1916-1988) US author and economist who was chief executive officer of a hardware wholesale company; author of some two dozen stories, beginning with "Special Flight" for Astounding in May 1939 and ending with "The Big Dish" (November 1986 Analog). His most anthologized story is "BEROM" (January 1951 Astounding), in which initially incomprehensible visiting Aliens prove to be speaking in a UK commercial telegraph code of the 1920s that they picked up via radio (see Linguistics). "The Trouble ...

Allatini, Rose Laure

(1890-1980) Austrian-born author, in UK from 1911 or earlier, who also published as by Eunice Buckley, A T Fitzroy, Mrs Cyril Scott and Lucian Wainwright. Though her identity was not revealed at this point, she gained some vicarious notoriety for her novel Despised and Rejected (1918) as by A T Fitzroy, which was successfully prosecuted for its sympathetic presentation of a homosexual conscientious objector in World War One, a totally unacceptable mix of transgressions as far as the diseased ...

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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