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James MacCreigh
- see Frederik Pohl

Anson MacDonald
- see Robert A. Heinlein

John MacDougal
- see James Blish
- see Robert W. Lowndes

Andrew MacDuff
- see H. B. Fyfe

James MacGregor
- see James McIntosh
Kinley MacGregor
- see Sherrilyn Kenyon

Jonathan Blake MacKenzie
- see Randall Garrett

Arthur MacLean
- see E. C. Tubb

Al Maddern
- see Harlan Ellison

Carl Maddox
- see E. C. Tubb

Hugh Maepenn
- see Henry Kuttner

K. H. Maepenn
- see Henry Kuttner

John Magnus
- see Harlan Ellison

Rebecca Maines
- see Pamela D. Hodgson

Simon Majors
- see Gardner F. Fox

Dan Malcolm
- see Robert Silverberg

Sherry Malone
- see Robert Bloch

Harry Manders
- see Philip Jose Farmer

Charles Mann
- see Rog Phillips

Jack Mann
- see E. Charles Vivian

Reed Manning
- see Dave Smeds

Karl Maras
- see Kenneth Bulmer

Alfred Marin
A. C. Marin
- see Alfred Coppel

Scott Mariner
- see C. M. Kornbluth
- see Frederik Pohl

Henry Marion
- see Lester Del Rey

Robert Markham
- see Kingsley Amis

Russ Markham
- see Steve Hall

Stephen Marlow
- see Milton Lesser

Webb Marlow
- see J. Francis McComas

Robert Marner
- see Algis Budrys

Geoffrey L. Marsh
- see Charles L. Grant

Michael Marshall
- see Michael Marshall Smith

Richard Marsten
- see Ed McBain

Anthony Martin
- see Anthony A. Glynn

Jack Martin
- see Dennis Etchinson

John R. Martin
- see T. W. Wade

Mario Martin, Jr.
- see Thomas Monteleone

Webber Martin
- see Robert Silverberg

Phillip Martyn
- see E. C. Tubb

Ernest Mason
- see Frederik Pohl

Frank Mason
- see Algis Budrys

John Mason
- see E. C. Tubb

Lee W. Mason
- see Barry Malzberg

Tally Mason
- see August Derleth

J. D. Masters
- see Nicholas Yermakov

Chris Matheson
- see Richard Christian Matheson

A. J. Matthews
- see Rick Hautala

Kevin Matthews
- see Gardner F. Fox

Hubert Mavity
- see Nelson Bond

John Maxwell
- see Brian Freemantle

John C. Maxwell
- see John S. Glasby

Jonathan May
- see Laurence James

Archibald Maynwaring
- see H. P. Lovecraft

Dallas Mayr
- see Jack Ketchum

Burke McArthur
- see Arthur J. Burks

Arthur McCann
- see John W. Campbell

Edson McCann
- see Lester Del Rey
- see Frederik Pohl

Sanders McCrory
- see Mary Elizabeth Councelman

John Tyler McCullough
- see Edgar Rice Burroughs

Dennis McDermott
- see P. Schuyler Miller

Michael McDowell
- see Michael P. Kube-McDowell

Mildred McElroy
- see Mildred Clingerman

Inez McGowan
- see Rog Phillips

John McGreevey
- see Howard Browne

J. T. McIntosh
- see James McIntosh

Blake McKenzie
- see Randall Garrett

Ray McKenzie
- see Robert Silverberg

Seaton McKettrig
- see Randall Garrett

Jack McKinney
- see Brian Daley
- see James Luceno

John J. McLaglen
- see Laurence James

James McPhee
- see Laurence James

Mason McRae
- see James L. Rubel

Brian T. Lo Medico
- see Thomas Monteleone

Norman Menasco
- see Wyman Guin

A. J. Merak
- see John S. Glasby

Paul Merchant
- see Harlan Ellison

Arthur Merlyn
- see James Blish

Alex Merriman
- see Robert Silverberg

Aimee Merritt
- see Forrest J. Ackerman

Gabriel Mesta
- see Kevin J. Anderson

Barry Miles
- see Laurence M. Janifer

Benjamin Miller
- see Noel Loomis

Frank Miller
- see Noel Loomis

K. E. Mills
- see Karen Miller

A. B. Ming -
- see Patricia Bowne

Clyde T. Mitchell
- see Randall Garrett
- see Robert Silverberg
- see Harlan Ellison

Mink Mole
- see William Gibson

Christopher Monig
- see Kendall Foster Crossen

Lyle Monroe
- see Robert A. Heinlein

Bruce Montgomery
- see Edmund Crispin

Robert Montgomery
- see Edmund Crispin

Robert Moore
- see Robert Moore Williams

Wallace Moore
- see Gerard Conway

Daniel Moran
- see Robert Vardeman

Scott Morgan
- see Henry Kuttner

S. Morgenstern
- see William Goldman

Brian Morley
- see Marion Zimmer Bradley

Wilfred Owen Morley
- see Forrest Ackerman
- see Robert W. Lowndes

G. A. Morris
- see Katherine MacLean

Richard Morrison
- see Robert W. Lowndes

Robert Morrison
- see Robert W. Lowndes

Lee Mortimer
- see Howard Browne

John Morton
- see John S. Glasby

Carl Moulton
- see E. C. Tubb

Igor Mozheiko
- see Kiril Bulyuchev

Herman W. Mudgett
- see Anthony Boucher

James A. Muir
- see Angus Wells

John E. Muller
- see Robert L. Fanthorpe
- see John S. Glasby
- see Anthony A. Glynn

H. H. Munro
- see Saki

Duncan H. Munroe
- see Eric Frank Russell

H. J. Murdoch
- see James McIntosh

Mary Elizabeth Murphy
- see F. Paul Wilson

Colin Murry
- see Richard Cowper

John Middleton Murry
- see Richard Cowper



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