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Dessar, Leo Charles

(1847-1924) US judge and author whose The Royal Enchantress: A Romance of the Last Queen of the Berbers (1900) hovers comfortably between fantasy and sf in its recounting of the paranormal secret history of the historical Cahina, a late eighth-century partly-Jewish Berber ruler who opposed the Muslim conquest of inner Arabia. Her visions of the past and future have a Time Viewer intensity and detail. Her attempts to create a kind of Ruined Earth to divert the Muslims elsewhere fails, and she is ...

Michaelis, Richard C

(1839-1909) German-born author in America for many years, whose Looking Further Forward: An Answer to Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (1890; vt A Sequel to Looking Backward; Or, Looking Further Forward 1891) is a Sequel by Other Hands to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888) that mocks the socialist society presented in the original as a Dystopian nightmare on the verge of collapse; thought control is rife, and a revolution soon topples Bellamy's dream state. Michaelis was himself ...

Chatelain, Clara De

(1807-1876) UK author and translator, born of an French emigré father and English mother; exceedingly prolific, she published poetry and other work from 1826 under he own name and as by Leopold Wray, Leigh Santa Croce or Leopoldine Ziska. Most of her work was for children, many of them fantasy, like her first, The Silver Swan (1847 chap). Of sf interest is The Sedan-Chair, and Sir Wilfred's Seven Flights (coll 1866; vt Sir Wilfred's Seven Flights 1874) for the second named story, which ...

Gould, F Carruthers

(1844-1925) UK stockbroker, illustrator, editor and author, creator of a large number of amiably satirical political cartoons from about 1879 up to the beginning of World War One, retiring in 1914 from the Westminster Gazette, which he had helped found, and where he published (and illustrated) the first work of authors like Saki, whose sketches for the paper were assembled as The Westminster Alice (coll 1902). His political cartoons, which appeared daily for many years, were fantastical and of ...

Winnacker, Susanne

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Other Life (2012), which begins the Weepers sequence, is a Near Future Young Adult Dystopian novel whose young romantically-involved protagonists, initially confined in an Underground Keep because of a deadly virus outdoors, eventually reach the surface, where they experience a Conceptual Breakthrough; in its sequel, The Life Beyond (2014 ebook), the dad of one of the protagonists must be saved from disease. The ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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