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White, Hervey

(1866-1944) US utopian thinker and builder, poet and author; in the world of the intentional community, he is significant as the co-founder of two artists' colonies in Woodstock, New York: the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in 1902, and the Maverick colony in 1905. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement whose Utopian precepts and practice were shaped by William Morris and others, both continue to exist in some form, Maverick primarily as a significant concert venue. / White's first novels ...

Shelton, William R

(1919-2001) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Moon Crazy" in The Saturday Evening Post for June 1949, and who wrote a number of nonfiction books about the American and Soviet space programmes, and related matters; Countdown (1960), grippingly told, is typical. Of specific sf interest is the Near Future Stowaway to the Moon: The Camelot Odyssey (1973), a Young Adult tale whose protagonist sneaks aboard a NASA flight. After much excitement, the Moon is reached. The book ...

Collin de Plancy, Jacques

(1793-1881) French demonologist and author, born without the aspirational "de Plancy", though he used the full name for much of his life; best known for his Dicionnaire Infernal ["Dictionary of the Infernal"] (1818), which he added and republished in various forms over several decades. He is of Proto SF interest for Voyage au centre de la terre, ou, Aventures diverses de Clairancy et de se compagnons, dans le Spitzberg, au Pôle-Nord, et dans des pays inconnus [subtitle translates "Or, ...

Mayer, Andrew P

(1965-    ) US Videogame designer and author of the Society of Steam sequence, comprising The Falling Machine (2010), Hearts of Smoke & Steam (2011) and Power under Pressure (2013), set in a Steampunk version of late nineteenth-century New York, where Superheroes vie against Lord Eschaton who, as his name implies, plots to shape the future into a Satanic Mills Dystopia. The Robot known as Automaton which/who is destroyed in the first volume is reconstructed in the ...

Reed, Kit

(1932-2017) US author – her name was legally changed from Lilian Craig Reed – as well known for her work outside sf and fantasy as for her prolific output within the water margins of modern Fantastika. Her fluency among the modes of the modern was remarkable [all her titles are therefore given in the Checklist below]. She wrote one horror novel, Blood Fever (1986), as by Shelley Hyde, and three detections – Gone (1992), Twice Burned (1993) and Strait (1995) – as by Kit ...

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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