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Leithauser, Brad

(1953-    ) US poet and author whose sf novel, Hence (1989), is a near-future Fabulation – itself told as from a point considerably further into the future – in which a boy plays against a Computer for the world Chess championship, the style and matter of the tale being at times reminiscent of the work of Vladimir Nabokov. Seaward (1993) is a ghost story. The Friends of Freeland (1997) is a Satire set on an Archipelago nation-state located along the ...

Elliott, Kate

Pseudonym of US author Alis A Rasmussen (1958-    ), who has written as Kate Elliott since 1992. Under her own name, her first novel, The Labyrinth Gate (1988), is a tale of considerable interest, delineating a believably matrilineal fantasy world. The Highroad Trilogy – comprising A Passage of Stars (1990), Revolution's Shore (1990) and The Price of Ransom (1990) – depicts the interstellar adventures of its young female protagonist, who sets out to search for ...

Bolton, Charles E

(1841-1901) US businessman, philanthropist and author, married to the poet and writer on temperance issues, Sarah Knowles Bolton (1841-1916); his posthumously published sf novel, The Harris-Ingram Experiment (1905), conflates capitalist accomplishments, romantic love, a genius inventor and Utopian experiments. [JC]

Goron, Marie-François

(1847-1933) French soldier from 1865, and police officer from 1881, eventually head of the Sûreté, best known for Les Memoires de M Goron: Ancien Chef de la Sûreté ["Memoires of Monsieur Goron: Former Head of the Sûreté"] (1897). With Émile Gautier, he wrote the Fleur de Bagne sequence – Fleur de Bagne, roman contemporain (1901 Le Journal; 1902 3vols; trans Brian Stableford as Spawn of the Penitentiary: Volume 1: From Devil's Island to the ...

Wilbrandt, Adolf

(1837-1911) German theatre director and author whose possible relationship to Conrad Wilbrandt is undetermined; his Fridolins heimliche Ehe (1875; trans Clara Bell as Fridolin's Secret Marriage 1884), based on the life of the art historian Friedrich Eggers (181-1872), may be the first avowedly gay novel published in Germany. Of sf interest is Die Osterinsel (1894; trans A S Rapaport as A New Humanity; Or, the Easter Island 1905), in which a Utopia is found on a remote Island where a race of ...

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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