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Engh, M J

(1933-    ) US librarian and author whose first sf novel, Arslan (1976; vt A Wind from Bukhara 1989), established a strong underground reputation in its first incarnation as a paperback original; a hardbound edition was released a decade later. Arslan, a young warlord from Near-Future Turkestan, has enigmatically conquered both the USA and the USSR. He personally occupies the small Illinois town of Kraftsville, mentally and physically seducing a teenage boy while at the same ...

Piper, H Beam

(1904-1964) US author and gun collector, employed as a detective on the Pennsylvania Railroad until made redundant in the mid-1950s. Though he wrote for other genres, he is best remembered for his sf, much of which appeared in Astounding from 1947, when he began with "Time and Time Again" (April 1947 Astounding). Though he shared John W Campbell Jr's views on various fields of interest, including Politics and General Semantics, and clearly had a Campbellian sense of the appropriate kind of ...

Delmont, Joseph

Pseudonym or legal name of Austrian film director and author born Karl Pyck or Pick (1873-1935), involved in film work in America between 1903 and 1910, and a director of silent films from 1910 to about 1925 in Austria and elsewhere, only turning to writing in the 1920s. There is some possibility that Delmont translated at least some of his own works into English. Sf novels include Die Stadt unter dem Meer (1925; trans anon as The Submarine City 1930), which features the construction by U-boat ...

Landsberger, Artur

(1876-1933) German author, active and prolific from around 1900 until Nazi persecution – he was Jewish – led to his suicide; he sometimes gave his first name as Arthur. He is of sf interest for his Near Future Satire Berlin ohne Juden ["Berlin Without Jews"] (1925), which is explicitly based on Hugo Bettauer's Die Stadt ohne Juden: Ein Roman von Ubermorgen (1922; trans Salomea Neumark Brainin as The City Without Jews: A Novel of our Time 1926). Landsberger's plot closely resembles ...

Lopez, Antony

(?   -    ) UK author of The Second Coming (1975), a Near Future Dystopia with Religion playing an ambivalent role. [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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