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Guthrie, Kenneth Sylvan

(1871-1940) Scottish-born Episcopalian priest, academic, teacher, translator and author, in US from 1913. His sf novel, A Romance of Two Centuries: A Tale of the Year 2025 (1919), takes its Sleeper Awakes protagonist from World War One, where he has been infected with sleeping sickness, to the year 2025, where he is partially cured of his illness, finds himself the heir to a huge but disputed fortune, and ...

Barrett, Frank

(circa 1845-1926) Pseudonym of Frank Davis, UK author of at least 45 novels and other work from the 1860s until well into the following century; the eponymous clockmaker and chemist of The Justification of Andrew Lebrun (1894) resuscitates a man who has been in Suspended Animation for a century, whose accumulated savings make him rich, and who behaves with melodramatic villainy, until good wins out. [JC]

Havens, Nicodemus

Pseudonym of an unidentified author (?   -?   ) writing in the character of a US workingman who, according to Max Page's The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction (2008), may have produced the first tale to predict the destruction of New York. In ...

Baker, W Howard

(1925-1991) Working name of Irish journalist, editor and author Arthur Athwill William Baker, in the UK after World War Two. After working as an editor of Panther Books he began to write for the Sexton Blake Library in 1955, soon taking over as editor of the series for Amalgamated Press, writing many titles under various names, and in 1965 taking the series to Mayflower Books, where it flourished briefly. He then set up his own publishing imprint, which ...

Vardeman, Robert E

(1947-    ) US author whose ruthless productivity – he has written about sixty books since his first sf novel, Pleasure Planet (1974 as by Edward E George; vt Outer Space Embrace 1978 as by Monica Mounds; vt Janet's Sex Planet 1980 as by Carrie Onn; vt Intergalactic Orgy 1983 as Obie Khan; vt Sexual Coquette 1985 dos as by Marv Elous; vt Playing with Desire 1986 as by Fred Sparkrock) ...

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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