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Stirling, Yates, Jr

(1872-1948) US naval officer and author, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral; he should not be confused with his father, Yates Stirling (1843-1929), also a Rear Admiral. He is of sf interest for various stories and essays about the role of the navy in any Future War, the first of these probably being "With the Coming of the Dawn" in The Bellman for 23 November 1907. His Yellow Peril tales, with Japan the preferred adversary, dominate the speculative-fiction portion of The Battle for the Pacific; ...

Quincy, J P

(1829-1910) US lawyer, politician (mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, 1895-1899) and author. After, Lyteria: A Dramatic Poem (1854), a long philosophical verse drama set in Roman times with strong hints of the supernatural, he mostly published legal studies, though his one novel, The Peckster Professorship: An Episode in the History of Psychical Research (1888), is of sf interest as an attempt to put various occult preoccupations – divination, prophecy (see Prediction), the transmigration of ...

Alexander, Robert

(?   -    ) UK author of The Pendulum of Fate: Cosmic Glimpses of Past & Future (coll 1933), a collection of short stories which examine various aspects of Time. [JE]

Cooper, Susan

(1935-    ) UK journalist, academic and author; in the USA from 1963. In her first novel, Mandrake (1964), which is sf, the eponymous politician takes over a distressed Near-Future England and, in mystical league with the forces of Nature, begins the process of cleansing the Earth of Man, but is stopped just in time. From that point, Cooper has written mostly fantasy, chiefly for Young Adult readers, some of it of the highest quality: in particular, The Dark Is Rising ...

Burton, Tim

(1958-    ) US filmmaker, resident in the UK since 2002, all of whose films have been fantasy of one kind or another. An animator by background who has intermittently returned to the medium, Burton made his live-action debut on Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) and had a surprise hit with his second feature Beetlejuice (1988), which landed him the high-stakes job of directing Warner's prize project Batman. A major success, it led to three sequels, of which Burton himself ...

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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