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Brown, Eric

(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...

Lockhart-Mummery, J P

(1875-1957) UK surgeon and author of After Us; Or, the World as It Might Be (1936), an essentially nonfictional exercise in Futures Studies, but containing an embedded set of (necessarily fictional) letters written home by a New Zealander, describing the state of affairs in the UK in the twenty-fifth century. [JC]

Jackson, Stuart

(?   -2006) UK teacher and author, whose Tracer (1990) depicts a Near Future Britain whose government jails AIDS victims. [JC]

Varela, Nina

(?   -    ) US author whose Own Voices/Crier's War sequence beginning with Crier's War (2019) is set in a distant Near Future world where "Automata" – AI-powered Androids – have long since exercised despotic control over humans, who are generally restricted to large Keeps, effectively as slaves (see ...


Pseudonym used by French artist, illustrator and author Jean Marcel Adolphe Bruller (1902-1991) for his written work from 1942 on, including his first publication, Le silence de la mer (1942 chap; trans Cyril Connolly as Put Out the Light 1944 chap; vt The Silence of the Sea 1944 chap), a novella which includes an early rendering of an anguished "good German"; to publish this he founded the French Resistance press Les ...

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 ...

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