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White, Stewart Edward

(1873-1946) US author of travel books and novels, many of the latter being historical tales set in California. In his later years he became interested in Spiritualism, believed he was in contact with his dead wife, and wrote some books about the other world, including The Unobstructed Universe (1940) and two sequels. Of sf interest is the Percy Darrow sequence. The Mystery (1907) with Samuel Hopkins Adams is a complicated tale involving an abandoned ship on the high seas, and the mysterious ...

Origin of Man

An abundant literature dealing with the remote ancestry of the human species inevitably sprang up in the wake of the theory of Evolution, as propounded by Charles Darwin (1809-1882). T H Huxley (1825-1895), the principal champion of Darwinism, published the classic Evidence as to Man's Place in Nature (1863), and Darwin himself wrote The Descent of Man (1871) soon after. The main point at issue was, as Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) put it, "the question of whether Man is an ape or an angel". ...

Van Greenaway, Peter

Almost certainly the working name of UK lawyer, actor, scriptwriter and author Arthur Greenaway (1927-1988), according to information obtained by Steve Holland; he focused on fiction from about 1960. Though he never became known as a genre writer, much of his work was sf (see Horror in SF), including his first novel, The Crucified City (1962), a Post-Holocaust story set in a devastated London after a nuclear bomb has been dropped, and his second, The Evening Fool (1964), which carries its ...

Rowe, Rebecca

(1965-    ) US author whose first novel, Forbidden Cargo (2006), energetically develops from a moderately complex premise: on a Terraformed Mars, illegal Genetic Engineering has created a group of modified humans known as the Imagofas, who cope better with the new worlds in view that unmodified Homo sapiens and who are therefore hunted down (see Clichés); the subsequent action, which deploys two protagonists on the run, and contains sojourns in Cyberspace, is ...

Constantine, Storm

(1956-2021) UK author whose name, initially a pseudonym, became her legal name for all purposes. Her most successful work was perhaps the Wraeththu trilogy which began her career: The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit (1987; rev 2003), The Bewitchments of Love and Hate (1988; rev 2003) and The Fulfilments of Fate and Desire (1989; rev 2003), all three assembled as Wraeththu (omni 1993; rev vt The Wraeththu Chronicles 2006). The sequence follows the rise of a hermaphroditic race from men (not, at ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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