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Identity Exchange

The two-way version of Identity Transfer (which see). Although less plausible than one-way transfer in which the victim's personality is destroyed or suppressed, such identity swaps have a satisfying narrative neatness. The exchange of bodies and resulting forced education in another's viewpoint presents opportunities for Humour, exploited in such popular novels as F Anstey's ...

Ambler, Eric

(1909-1998) UK author of political and espionage thrillers, thought by many the equal of Grahame Greene or John Le Carré in this field; of these novels, The Dark Frontier (1936; rev 1990) is of sf interest in that the story is predicated on the construction of an atomic device (see Nuclear Energy). Compared to his later work, the action here is almost slapstick. [JC]

Campling, Frank Knowles

(circa 1885/1887-1940) UK author of fiction for boys, sometimes as by Eric Wood; of sf interest is The Jungle Men: A Story of 2928AD (1928 chap) as by Eric Wood [RR] see also: Boys' Friend Library; Boys' Papers. /

Time Paradoxes

The fact that Time Travel into the past disrupts the pattern of causality, changing or cancelling matters of known fact, has not caused stories of this kind to be banished from the sf field; instead it has led to the growth of a subgenre of stories celebrating the peculiar aesthetics of such Paradoxes. The essential paradoxicality of time travel is often dramatized by asking: "What would happen if I went back in time and killed my own ...

Bingham, Roger

(1948-    ) UK Television host and author, in US for most of his career, during which he hosted several popular science television series. He is of sf interest for the imaginative Near Future Technothriller, Wild Card (1974; rev 1988) with Raymond Hawkey (whom see for details). The several verisimilitudinous descriptions of ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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