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Henry, W O

(1858-?   ) US physician and author whose Equitania: Or, the Land of Equity (1914) is a minor but pleasingly put Utopia in the mode of Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), though set on a Pacific Island originally colonized by Europeans, Asians and Americans looking for a better life. [JC]

Rao Zhonghua

(1933-2010) Chinese author and editor at the Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House, in which capacity he edited journals on metallurgy and, the million-selling Kexue Huabao ["Science Pictorial"] from 1972-1986. A great popularizer of science, in the mode of a Chinese Isaac Asimov, he also wrote many book reviews that helped to push and define the sf genre in China. He played a key role in the flowering of Chinese sf in the early 1980s as editor of the magazine Kehuan Haiyang ["SF ...

Far Out!

Australian Semiprozine, Digest-format, side-stapled, three issues, undated (but March, July and November 1985), published from East Fremantle, Western Australia by Far Out Enterprises, edited anonymously by Pamela Klacar. Subtitled "Australia's own sf/fantasy magazine", Far Out! published fiction of an amateurish nature by unknown writers. Though (astonishingly) given national distribution, it soon silently disappeared. [PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

McAllister, Peter

(1965-    ) Australian anthropologist and author, usually of books for younger children; of sf interest is Cosmonaut (2001), a Near Future murder mystery set on a space station where Americans and Russians cohabit uneasily. [JC]

Mark, Jan

(1943-2006) UK author, most significantly for Young Adult audiences; her several tales for younger readers, some of them acutely conceived picture books, are also of interest. Though much of her older fiction is set in the here-and-now, her sf stories – which are more complex, dark-hued and longer than her non-fantastic work, – are almost certainly her best work, and are very nearly indistinguishable, except for the age of their protagonists, from adult fiction. After two fine ...

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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