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Russell, Bertrand

(1872-1970) UK mathematician, philosopher and controversialist, grandson of John Russell, first Earl Russell; in 1931 he succeeded to the family title, becoming the third Earl Russell. Because of his pacifist publications and activities during the course of World War One, he lost his Cambridge fellowship and was imprisoned in 1918. His work in Mathematics was substantial, including a formalization of number theory in Principia Mathematica (1910-1913 3vols) with Alfred North Whitehead ...

Richards, Alfred Bate

(1820-1876) UK editor of the Morning Advertiser from 1870 until his death, playwright and author. For many years he was active as a propagandist for UK military preparedness, but The Invasion of England (A Possible Tale of Future Times) (1870 chap), published privately, had little impact, partly because it lacked any effective narrative frame. It was in any case much less well-written than Lt.-Col. Sir George T Chesney's The Battle of Dorking: Reminiscences of a Volunteer (May 1871 Blackwood's ...

Drew, Wayland

(1932-1998) Canadian teacher and author, often on environment issues as they affect Canada and its indigenous peoples, who began publishing sf with The Wabeno Feast (1973), a complex tale about Holocaust and its roots, in which three narrative strands all tangibly cohere – the eighteenth-century journal of an early entrepreneur who confronts the heart of darkness in the pale wabeno (an Indian shaman), the canoe trip of a Canadian couple through the wilderness upon which the earlier ...

de Girardin, Delphine

(1804-1855) French poet and author (she was born in the border-city of Aachen during the fourteen years of French rule, 1801-1815), who also wrote under her maiden name, Delphine Gay, as Mme Émile de Girardin and as by Charles de Launay. Neither Le Lorgnon ["The Eyeglasses"] as Delphine Gay (1831) nor La Canne de M de Balzac ["The Cane of Monsieur de Balzac"] (1836) as Mme Émile de Girardin, translated together by Brian Stableford as Balzac's Cane (omni 2015 chap), can be thought ...

Ward, Dayton

(1967-    ) US soldier, software developer and author whose career in the latter capacity succeed his eleven years active service in the Marine Corps, most of his stories and books located in various regions of the Star Trek universe, beginning with his first story, "Reflections" in Strange New Worlds (anth 1998) edited by Paula M Block, John J Ordover and Dean Wesley Smith. Almost all of his subsequent career has been spent supplying Ties to various Star Trek series, ...

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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