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Hartmann, William K

(1939-    ) US astronomer, painter and author mostly of nonfiction like The Grand Tour: A Travelers Guide to the Solar System (1981; rev 1993; rev 2005) with Ron Miller, Out of the Cradle: Exploring the Frontiers Beyond Earth (graph 1984) with Pamela Lee and Ron Miller, and In the Stream of Stars: The Soviet/American Space Art Book (graph 1990) with Ron Miller, Vitaly Myagkov and Andrei Solokov. / Hartmann began publishing work of genre interest with "Handprints on the ...

Sully, Kathleen M

(1910-2001) UK author, active since about 1946, whose sf novel, Skrine (1960), is set sometime in a Ruined Earth Britain after World War Three, and describes the hegira of its initially solitary protagonist, who eventually becomes thought of as a healer in the village he arrives at; but conflict with the ruler of the village ends tragically. [JC]

Shegelski, Mark R A

(1957-    ) Canadian physicist, teacher and author whose first book, Remembering the Future (coll of linked stories 2009), ingeniously deploys problems in Physics and other sciences as challenges to the protagonist of the tales here assembled; he has discovered that he suffers from a form of Precognition, so that he finds himself (as it were) in the "past" of future events he might wish to change. But Time Paradoxes, and other principles governing the ineluctable reality of ...

Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation, The

UK Fanzine/Newszine edited by Tony Chester, Graham Connor (until his death in late 2018) and Jonathan Cowie. Launched at the 1987 UK Eastercon as a nominally annual A4 print publication with nine issues to 1997 (skipping 1995 and 1996); after a two-year hiatus it migrated online in 1999. Currently updated each academic term: spring, summer and autumn. / Print editions of SF² Concatenation – as it is known for short – were distributed at Eastercons and by mail to specialist ...

Smith, George B

(1848-?   ) US author whose Noah's Confession (1898) plays surprisingly fast and loose – certainly in terms of nineteenth-century American attempts at popular fiction – with the Bible (see Religion). Here Noah is a citizen of Atlantis, responsible for a series of forbidden nautical Inventions, including the ark in which he and his lover survive the sinking of their land. Later, having migrated, Noah and his family face a second Deluge. The tale seems to have been ...

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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