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Rolfe, Frederick

(1860-1913) UK author and eccentric, known as much for claiming the name Baron Corvo as for his writing. The nine Reviews of Unwritten Books (February-June 1903 The Monthly Review; plus one added piece December 1904 Gentleman's Magazine; coll 1985-1988 4vols each chap) with Sholto Douglas are an early articulation of the concept of Alternate History, if only in a nonfiction format (one of the reviews, for instance, being of "Machiavelli's Despatches from the South African Campaign"). Hubert's ...

Mills, J M A

(1894-1986) UK author of two novels of the occult, The Tomb of the Dark Ones (1937) and Lords of the Earth (1940), the second being of some sf interest for its sourcing of ancient knowledge and the secret of Immortality in Atlantis. [JC]

Murray, Andrew Hunter

(1987-    ) UK journalist, podcaster and author, who is of sf interest for his first novel, The Last Day (2020), set in a Near Future world whose rotation has been halted through the gravitational influence of a visiting dwarf Star (see Scientific Errors). London luckily – perhaps because the Prime Meridian runs through its heart? – lies along the strip dividing the half of the planet that is burned by perpetual light from the dark side. Britain's rule over ...

Ballantyne, Tony

(1972-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Sixth VNM" in Interzone for December 1998, a tale whose protagonist, James Clark, crashlands on what becomes Clarkworld (not the later Clarkesworld), where he becomes the victim (it seems) of an array of Von Neumann Machines bent on conquering the universe. This was the first instalment of the Recursion sequence which comprises Recursion (2004), Capacity (2005), Divergence (2007), along with most of ...

Comics Scene

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and better-quality paper. Published by O'Quinn Studios/Starlog Communications. Editor: David McConnell, others. 70 issues 1982 to 2000. Publication schedule was bimonthly or monthly. / This publication attempted to cover Comics in much the same way as its parent magazine Starlog did with sf films and Television. Though folding after only eleven issues, the magazine was revived with a new #1 in 1988 and continued ...

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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