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Berthet, Élie

(1815-1891) French author, who specialized over his prolific career mostly in tales of criminal life set in Paris, publishing more than 100 novels over his long career; he is perhaps best known in English translation for L'homme des bois (1861; trans anon as The Wild Man of the Woods: A Story of the Island of Sumatra 1868), the family of whose human protagonist is threatened by the eponymous advanced orang-utan (see Apes as Human); it is a text which may have been one of the influences on Edgar ...

Brinton, Henry

(1901-1977) UK screenwriter and author, variously engaged in social and political work, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; he also wrote detective novels as by Alex Fraser, and published several nonfiction books with Patrick Moore, Exploring Other Planets (1965) being of sf interest. His sf novel Purple-6 (1962) describes a very Near Future world in which the Cold War is edging towards atomic Holocaust, which begins as the book ends. He should not be confused with Henry C Brinton ...

Wilson, Thomas H

Pseudonym of author Cecil Burleigh (1850-1921), author of Dime-Novel tales for boys under a wide variety of names; of sf interest is Lost at the North Pole; Or, the Kingdom of Ice (1888 The Boys of New York as by J G Bradley; 1899 chap) as Capt Thomas H Wilson, a Lost World tale featuring two warring races around the clement North Pole, one comprised of gigantic Blacks who are of course primitive, the other of civilized white stock. The latter succeed in creating a slave society (see Slavery), ...

Scithers, George H

(1929-2010) US author, editor, publisher and military engineer; with the US Army 1946-1973, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He began publishing fiction of genre interest with "The Faithful Messenger" for If in March 1969 as George Scithers with no middle initial, and the gay pornographic sf novel Hung in Space (1969) as by Felix Lance Falkon (a pseudonym he would use for other erotic/pornographic fiction and artwork); later he wrote a spoof cookery book (suggested by Damon Knight's famous ...

Willard, T A

(1862-1943) US inventor, musician, entrepreneur and author of two Lost Race tales. In The Wizard of Zacna: A Lost City of the Mayas (1929), an ancient man tells the narrator of his experiences as a youth in a lost world dominated by a blonde princess who enthrals him (see She), though a brunette princess truly loves him (which kills her). Bride of the Rain God: Princess of Chichen-Itza, the Sacred City of the Incas [for full subtitles for both titles see Checklist below] (1930) is a Club Story ...

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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