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Geissler, Ludwig A

(?   -?   ) US author, not to be confused with the American writer Ludwig S Geissler, or with several Germans with the same name; his Looking Beyond: A Sequel to "Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy, and an Answer to "Looking Forward" by Richard Michaelis (1891), is a Sequel by Other Hands which, with some ingenuity, treats the return to 1888 of Julian West, Edward Bellamy's original protagonist, as a dream, while also treated Richard Michaelis's negative sequel to ...

Stead, Rebecca

(1968-    ) US author whose Young Adult novels of sf interest include First Light (2007), where a boy, visiting Greenland with his scientist father to measure global warming (see Climate Change) meets a young Culture Hero woman from an Underground Utopia who wants to lead her people back into the light; and When You Reach Me (2009), whose young protagonist begins to receive messages irradiating her familiar New York with accurate visions of the future. [JC]

Maddock, Reginald

(1912-1994) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers. His first sf novel, The Time Maze (1960), is a literate Time Travel tale whose protagonists, lost in a mysterious cave, find that its innumerable luminescent passages take them to exemplary experiences in three past eras: the time of the Dinosaurs, of Neanderthal man, and in a Neolithic community. Unusually, it is women not men who are seen to be emblematic of Evolution at work. The second paragraph of the tale paraphrases the memorable ...

Peck, Wallace

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Golden Age of Patents: A Parody on Yankee Inventiveness (1888 chap), which describes a series of spoof Inventions, sometimes with an effect of Satire, though some Yankee inspirations are narrated as tall tales. The illustrations are amusing. [JC]

Chester, Deborah A

(1957-    ) US author whose earlier work was written as by Jay D Blakeney or as by Sean Dalton, but who has published under her own name since 1996. Her Anthi sequence – The Children of Anthi (1985) and Requiem for Anthi (1990), written as by Jay D Blakeney – aroused some interest. It is a far-reaching and moderately complex vision of humanity's future Evolution, guided by the eponymous AI, into a form that is half-flesh and half-electronics. Set on a heavily ...

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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