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Stern, J David

(1886-1971) US newspaper publisher and author. His Eidolon: A Philosophical Phantasy Built on a Syllogism (1952) tells of a virgin birth (see Religion) and an enigmatic Messiah figure. Stern should not be confused with his son, David J Stern (1909-2003), who created Francis the Talking Mule in his novel Francis (1946). [PN/DRL]

Wang Xiaoda

(1939-    ) Chinese author and professor. Born to a relatively well-off family in China's troubled period of Japanese invasion and civil war, Wang graduated in mechanical engineering and worked in an auto parts manufacturing plant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the Cultural Revolution, he was briefly a group leader of a faction in Sichuan called the "Industrial Army", and became involved in an infamous war of words and ideologies between rival factories in Chengdu. ...

Green, Nunsowe

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of the sf discussion novel, A Thousand Years Hence; Being Personal Experiences as Narrated by Nunsowe Green ... (1882) [see Checklist for full subtitle]. Though the featured tour of the future turns out to have been a dream, the novel invokes a wide range of sf notions, from ESP to Genetic Engineering to interplanetary travel to Terraforming. [JC]

Storm, Jannick

Working name of Danish author, critic, editor and translator Finn Jannick Storm Jørgensen (1939-2015), whose importance was first acknowledged outside the Nordic countries in the dedication of Brian Aldiss's sf overview Billion Year Spree (1973): "To Jannick Storm, who colonised Denmark". The implication is hardly literally true: Storm himself encountered sf as a teenager, via cheap (generally abridged) paperback translations of US and British adventure sf as well as in the work of Niels ...

Williams, Neil Wynn

(1864-1940) UK author, whose two volumes of his versions of Greek folklore, Tales and Sketches of Modern Greece (coll 1894) and the Bayonet That Came Before: A Vanity of Modern Greece (coll 1896), are of very modest interest. In his sf novel, The Electric Theft (1906), highly organized anarchists are abstracting bast amounts of electricity from a great plant in Athens but, more seriously, the mastermind and Villain Stavinsky has discovered a vast cavern under London, which he supercharges with ...

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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