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Mellows, Suzanne

(?   -    ) US author of a tale of sf erotica (see Sex), The Sex-Ray (1973) (see Rays). [JC]

Robu, Cornel

(1938-2016) Romanian lecturer in literature (at Cluj-Napoca University) and sf critic, some of whose many articles have appeared in English, including "A Key to Science Fiction: The Sublime" (Spring 1988 Foundation #42) and "Milestones in Postwar Romanian Science Fiction" (Summer 1990 Foundation). Panorama romanului românesc contemporan: 1944-1974 ["Panorama of the Contemporary Romanian Novel: 1944-1974"] (1974) with Ion Vlad is a useful survey, and includes sf authors. He edited the ...

Escott, T H S

(1844-1924) UK editor, of The Fortnightly Review 1882-1886, journalist and author, active from 1865; he published several volumes of nonfiction about the Victorian era and its major figures. Of sf interest is A Trip to Paradoxia and Other Humours of the Hour: Being Contemporary Pictures of Social Fact and Political Fiction (coll 1899), the title story of which describes a Fantastic Voyage to a Wonderland [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and other mild Satires set in the Near ...

Schutt, Bill

(?   -    ) US zoologist and author whose first book, Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures (2008), is nonfiction. He is of sf interest for the R J MacCready sequence of Alternate History tales beginning with Hell's Gate (2016), all with J R Finch. The Jonbar Point for this version of the post-World War Two is the discovery of a giant Japanese submarine far up the Amazon River in Brazil, where it has seemingly been infested by ...

Eardley-Wilmot, S

(1847-1929) UK author, a minor Eardley-Wilmot, author of two Future War tracts, both set at sea: The Next Naval War (1894) and The Battle of the North Sea in 1914 (1912 chap) as by Searchlight; Britain is involved on both occasions. [JC]

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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