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Walters, Eric

(1957-    ) Canadian teacher and author, most of his seventy or so Young Adult tales being nonfantastic, though he has begun in the twenty-first century to publish sf. The End of Days sequence, comprising End of Days (2011) Regenesis (2015), centres on a UFO-like scenario, the abduction by Aliens of the world's best Scientists, leaving their families to mourn; it is left to the young protagonists to save their families. In the sequel, an Asteroid strikes Earth, perhaps ...

Colombo, John Robert

(1936-    ) Canadian author and editor of over 80 books, notably anthologies of Canadiana and works of popular reference, the most important volume of this sort with general interest being the large Colombo's Canadian References (1976). Books with sf relevance include: CDN SF&F: A Bibliography of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy (1979 chap) with Michael Richardson, Alexandre L Amprimoz and John Bell; Blackwood's Books: A Bibliography Devoted to Algernon Blackwood ...

Athey, Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf novel, With Gyves of Gold: A Novel (1898) with A Herbert Bowers, both writers remaining untraced, though both may have been based in Missouri. A young man, experimented upon by a modestly Mad Scientist, develops the paranormal ability to travel by astral means to another planet, where he observes the operation of a Utopia in which small firms are protected by multi-national corporations (or trusts). The trip kills him. [JC]

Ognibene, Peter J

(1941-    ) US former airforce officer, aerospace engineer and author whose Technothriller, The Big Byte (1984), presciently addresses the vulnerability of the world banking system when terrorists create a planetary domino effect by gumming up the works in one location. [JC]

Wilson, Edwin

(1942-    ) Australian teacher, painter, poet and author; of his nearly thirty books, mostly poetry collections, he is of sf interest for a novel, Wild Tamarind (1987), a very Near Future Satire set in Sydney, with Computer-driven AI's looming on the horizon, along with the Ecological self-destruction of the only recently invaded continent. [JC]

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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