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Blot, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author William Simpson (1828-1910). In his sf novel The Man from Mars: His Morals, Politics and Religion (1891) the eponymous telepathic traveller tells of his Utopian world. Unfortunately – if his desire was to communicate widely – the human he contacts is a hermit. [JC]

Salisbury, William

(1875-?   ) US author of two novels of sf interest. The American Emperor (1913) is a Dystopia in which an American speculator destroys all opposition to his ambitions, and becomes Emperor of America. In his Satire, The Squareheads: The Story of a Socialized State: A Futuristic Novel (1929), a pilot, losing conscious during a stunt, enters Suspended Animation, awakening 400 years later to find that America, now known as Usofmera, has been literally transformed into a Utopia ...

Nestvold, Ruth

(1958-    ) US translator and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Latency Time" in Asimov's for July 2001, which was assembled with other tales involving Climate Change as The Future, Imperfect: Six Dystopian Short Stories (coll 2012). Further collections include Almost All the Way Home from the Stars (coll 2013) with Jay Lake and Oregon Elsewhere: Eight Short Stories of an Oregon That Never Was (coll 2015). Her first series in book form, the Pendragon ...

Theobald, Ray

(?   -    ) Highly prolific UK artist who was active from 1949 or earlier until 1960, chiefly painting paperback and magazine covers; his lack of visibility in public records as either Ray or Raymond Theobald has led Steve Holland to speculate that the byline may be a pseudonym [see under links below]. Other names used by the same artist are Glen Allen and Ken Ford. / Among the publishers for whom Theobald produced cover art were Curtis Warren (1949-1953), ...

Yellow Peril

The popular Term, not only within sf circles, for military or economic expansionism by China and other Far Eastern nations (see Invasion; Politics) as seen through the distorting lens of Western Paranoia, and understandable in those terms as central to the language and fears expressed in Imperial Gothic in the years before World War One. It seems to have been coined – in German as "gelbe Gefahr" – by Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1895. Early US examples of this theme before it gained its ...

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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