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Raabe, H E

(1858-?   ) US ship captain and author, who in his former role as captain was advised by a crew member (Jack London) to take up writing; his Krakatoa, Hand of the Gods (1930), hints of the involvement of a Lost Race in the apocalyptic volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1888. Raabe had himself traded in the South Seas. [JC]

Norman, Barry

(1933-2017) UK journalist, television personality specializing in film criticism, and author whose sf novel is End Product (1975), a Near-Future Satire in which Blacks are lobotomized at birth and provide the civilized world with ample meat. The allegorical and political (see Race in SF) messages of the novel, which are both highly loaded, tend to clash. [JC]

Wadsworth, Phyllis Marie

(1910-2005) UK author whose Overmind (1967) deals with Aliens who contact humanity via Telepathy from another Dimension, with news of the coming birth of a Messiah. [JC]

Cawdron, Peter

(1967-    ) New Zealand-born author, in Australia for many years, whose early novels, beginning with The Road to Hell (2011 ebook), seem usually to have been self-published until the teens of the twenty-first century, most of his stories being Space Operas heavy on action, often involving First Contact. An early example, Anomaly (2011), which is set on Earth, involves the arrival ...

Cole, Everett B

(1910-2001) US author, formerly a professional US Army soldier and veteran of the Omaha Beach landing in World War Two; he retired from service in 1960 and was a high school teacher until his second retirement in the mid-1970s. He began publishing sf with "Philosophical Corps" for Astounding in March 1951, as by E B Cole – the first of the Philosophical Corps series for Astounding, which ceased there in 1956 before concluding much ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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