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Slater, Robert L

(1967-    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the first installation of a book-length story, "Jack and the Beanstalk" in Galactic Citizen #2 for January 1993, the last of five instalments appearing in June 1994. His Young Adult Deserted Lands sequence beginning with All Is Silence (2014) is set in a Post-Holocaust America, initially Seattle, and traces the attempts of its teenaged protagonists and her two boyfriends to find her father in ...

Cutter, R H

(?   -?   ) UK author known only for a Lost Race novel, Reached at Last: A Romance of Nineteenth Century Science Chivalrous Endurance and Perseverance with a Sequel (1886), unusually for this sub-genre set in the Near Future, in which an expedition to the North Pole, travelling in an advanced Airship, comes across a civilized Utopia en route. [JC]

Lichtenberg, Jacqueline

(1942-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Operation High Time" for If in January 1969, but soon concentrated on fan fiction set in the Open Universe permitted by the owners of Star Trek; Star Trek Lives! (1975) with Sondra Marshak and Joan Winston is a famous nonfiction description of the early days of Star Trek fandom. Her first book was House of Zeor (1974), the initial volume of the Sime/Gen sequence, also an open-universe series, which continued with Unto Zeor, ...

Kahn, Herman

(1922-1983) American mathematician, political scientist and high-profile practitioner of Futures Studies. He worked 1947-1959 with the RAND (Research and Development) Corporation, and was subsequently director of the Hudson Institute, a body devoted to forecasting, and producing political, economic and military scenarios of the future. In his day Kahn was one of the most influential and best-known workers in this area, though many argued that the kind of analysis for which he stood was ...

Schmid, Susan Maupin

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult sf novel, Lost Time (2008), which is set on another planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), traces the plight of its young protagonist, for the disappearance of her archaeologist parents is tied to the past of the conquered world, to the time-travelling (see Time Travel) aboriginal Croon, and to the other Aliens who inhabit it. The story is complicated, but is at point diffuse. [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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