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Higgins, Peter

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Original Word for Rain" in Zahir for Spring 2006, a fantasy. Of some sf interest is Wolfhound Century (2013), a Near Future Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] which begins the projected Vissarion Lom sequence. Lom, a ...

Long, Huey

(1893-1935) US politician – Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932) and US Senator (1932-1935) – whose radical proposals for wealth distribution and other measures may have caused his assassination (though his death may have in fact been caused by his guards as they responded to a perceived threat); certainly his Utopian political philosophy, and an emphasis on strong leaders that seemed particularly threatening in the 1930s, shapes his ...

Estleman, Loren D

(1952-    ) US author of detective fiction and Westerns who began publishing at book length in 1976. His early novels include the fantastic Sherlock Holmes adventures Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula; or, The Adventures of the Sanguinary Count (1978) (see Vampires) and Dr Jekyll and Mr Holmes (1979), both purportedly by "John H Watson, MD, as edited by Loren ...

Daniels, Sarah

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Open House" in Ghostlight for Spring 2019. Her first novel, The Stranded (2022), is set on a cruise ship that, quarantined for four decades after what seems to have been World War Three, has become a Ship of Fools featuring a grotesquely distorted social system based on neoliberal models of ...

Hansberry, Lorraine

(1930-1965) US playwright best known for her nonfantastic drama A Raisin in the Sun (performed 1959; 1959). She is of sf interest for "What Use Are Flowers?", assembled in Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry (coll 1972). Set in a desolate landscape probably subsequent to World War Three, the play focuses on a small rabble of children, who in a feral state – like those in William ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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