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Colburn, Frona Eunice Wait

(1859-1946) US author of Yermah the Dorado (1897 as by Frona Eunice Wait; rev vt Yermah the Dorado: The Story of a Lost Race 1913 under her full name), which is set in the ninth millennium BCE, at a time when the Aryan empire of Atlantis governs a Utopia on the site of what will eventually become San Francisco; it is not technically a Lost Race tale. The congested plot, much ...

Morden, Simon

(?   -    ) UK geophysicist, teacher, editor and author who also writes as S J Morden. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Bell, Book and Candle" in Scaremongers 2: Redbrick Eden (anth 1998) edited by Steve Savile, which was included in his first collection, Thy Kingdom Come (coll 2002 multimedia CD; 2012), which comprises two linked sequences, one set in a darkening ...

Aikin, Charles

(?   -    ) US author of a Hollow Earth novel, Forty Years With the Damned; or, Life Inside the Earth (1895), a kind of multi-cultural, multi-ethnic Utopia, though there are aerial conflicts. The protagonists, who have escaped slavery in antebellum America, later fly in a Spaceship to Mars, where they undergo further adventures. ...

Bégouën, Max

(1893-1961) French prehistorian and author of three Prehistoric SF tales, of which only Les bisons d'argile (1925; trans Robert Luther Duffus as Bison of Clay 1926) has appeared in English; it speculatively depicts the life of prehistoric totem-worshipping humans in the foothills of the Pyrenees (see Origin of Man). Bégouën's entry for the Prix Jules Verne (see ...

Wiernik, Bertha

(1884-?1951) Lithuanian-born translator, poet, playwright and author, in US from 1887; beginning with her first publications in 1899, she also wrote as by Shulamit. Much of her work appeared in Yiddish publications in America, some of it in conjunction with the work of her brother, Peter Wiernik (1865-1936); after his death she gradually fell silent. Though some of her plays may have elements of Fantastika, most – like Destruction (first performed 30 ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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