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Mitchison, G R

(1894-1970) UK politician, lawyer and author, usually known as Dick Mitchison, married to Naomi Mitchison. He is of sf interest for a Near Future Utopia, The First Workers' Government; Or, New Times for Henry Dubb (1934), which treats the ascent of socialism with favour. Connected thematically with this was the slightly earlier ...

Smith, Tom Rob

(1979-    ) UK screenwriter and author, best known for his nonfantastic crime thriller trilogy, the Leo Demidov sequence beginning with Child 44 (2008) [series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for Cold People (2023), which takes off from the very Near Future Alien Invasion in 2023, as a consequence of which the remnants of the human race are ...

Curtis, A C

(1867-?   ) UK author of a Future War novel, A New Trafalgar: A Tale of the Torpedo Fleet (1902), whose focus is (as the title indicates) on naval operations. [JC]


US Fanzine (1950-1953), 30 issues, edited from Georgia by Lee Hoffman. Though undistinguished in appearance, Quandry was noted for the quality and humour of its writing; along with Hyphen, its influence on fan publishing is still remembered. Contributors included Walt Willis, Robert Silverberg, Wilson ...

Burroughs, John Coleman

(1913-1979) US illustrator and author, the younger son of Edgar Rice Burroughs and actively involved in his father's productions. He illustrated thirteen of Burroughs's titles, wrote a Big Little Book, John Carter of Mars (graph 1940), and subsequently drew the weekly newspaper Comic strip John Carter of Mars from December 1941 to its termination in 1943. This strip ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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