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Phelps, Gilbert

(1915-1993) UK broadcaster and author who spent much of his career in the BBC, as a radio producer and in other roles between 1945 and 1960. His first story, "I Have Lived a Hundred Years" in The Faber Book of West Country Stories (anth 1951), prefigured the thematic material of his first sf novel, The Centenarians (1958), whose protagonists attempt – in the end unsuccessfully – to translate their eminence in the arts and sciences into lives safely prolonged beyond World War Three. ...

Hookham, Albert E

(1870-1958) UK author of Amid the Strife; Or, the Lust of Mars (1909), a Future War tale whose venues are less specific than usual for this period, as the tale concerns a conflict between Britain and Bryghtland. [JC]

Wilson, Granville

(1912-2001) UK journalist and author, who should not be confused with the non-writer Leslie Granville Eyre Wilson (1912-2008). He is the author of three sf novels: Murder Goes Underground (1949), featuring a Death Ray, housed in an atomic car, which destroys other cars; plus two Young Adult tales, War of the Computers (1981), about troubles in Dystopia, and The Terror Cubes (1982 chap), which features renegade Robots which threaten an otherwise peaceable Near Future UK. [JC]

Carlson, Dale

(1935-    ) US author who sometimes publishes her nonfiction as Dale Bick Carlson; her work is primarily designed for Young Adult audiences, like the Jenny Dean sequence of juvenile mysteries beginning with The Mystery of the Shining Children (1983) and ending with The Secret of the Invisible City (1984). Some of her earlier singletons are of stronger sf interest, such as Frankenstein: The Immortal Story of a Monster Created by a Young Scientist Hoping to be a Benefactor ...

Bennett, Margot

(1912-1980) Scottish screenwriter, journalist and author, her first novel being a crime novel, Time to Change Hats (1945); most of her subsequent work, in a subtle and atmospheric style, was in the same genre. A fantasy story, "An Old-Fashioned Poker for My Uncle's Head" (August 1946 Lilliput), was reprinted in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in May 1954. Her first sf novel, The Long Way Back (1954), has become well known. Long after a 1984 nuclear Holocaust has ended European ...

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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