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Macksey, Kenneth

(1923-2005) UK soldier 1941-1978, winner of a Military Cross during service in World War Two, military historian and author. Two of his many books are Hitler Wins texts, Invasion: The Alternate History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940 (1980) and The Hitler Options: Alternate Decisions of World War II (anth 1995), each of which posits an Alternate History in which Germany is victorious; neither is couched as fiction, and none of the contributors to the second volume are known as ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -    ), presumably UK, of The Decline and Fall of the British Empire: Being a History of England Between the Years 1840-1981: Written for the Use of Junior Classes in Schools (1881 chap), detailing in brief compass the disastrous effects of a successful Feminist transformation of England, including deleterious Climate Change, free love and atheism. The presumptive author is a Chinese historiographer writing in 2881 ...

Hruska, Alan

(1933-2022) US attorney, publisher, filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter and author whose sf novel, Borrowed Time (1984), attempts with some success to suggest analogies and crossings between various Parallel Worlds and the bicameral human brain (see Julian Jaynes). His first two films, both dramas involving the law, appeared in the twenty-first century. [JC]

VanderMeer, Ann

(1957-    ) US editor, who co-founded The Sterling Web, in 1989, continuing to edit the magazine after its name change to The Silver Web, until it ceased publication in January 2002. She also founded and edited Buzzcity Press, one of whose titles was Dradin, in Love (1996) by Jeff VanderMeer; they married in 2002. She became fiction editor of Weird Tales in 2007, and editor-in-chief 2010-2011, when the journal was purchased by Marvin Kaye; she remained a contributing editor ...

Fu Manchu

Sax Rohmer's Asian supervillain Doctor Fu Manchu (also rendered as Fu-Manchu) is a Mad Scientist, initially based in the slums of Limehouse, London, who is armed with advanced scientific Weapons and bent on world domination. In addition to his impressive scientific acumen and boundless determination, Fu Manchu is given to occasional flashes of quixotic generosity, at times making him seem more an Antihero than a Villain. Yet his characteristic deviousness and cruelty have established him as one ...

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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