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Faber, Michel

(1960-    ) Dutch/Australian/Scottish author, born in Holland, raised in Australia from the age of seven, resident in Scotland – where much of his fiction is located – from 1993; he is best known for The Crimson Petal and the White (2002), a blockbuster novel set in a nonfantastic Victorian London but narrated as though to a time traveller from the future; a nonfantastic collection, The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories (coll 2006), is set in the same world. Much ...

Shearman, Robert

(1970-    ) UK playwright, scriptwriter and author, most of whose fiction has been fantasy, sometimes with an Horror in SF coloration; Zombies have for instance appeared in such tales as Granny's Grinning (in The Dead That Walk, anth 2009; 2015 ebook). His numerous plays, beginning in the early 1990s but none seemingly published, are adventurous, innovative, show the influence of his mentor Alan Ayckbourn; but do not directly range into the fantastic. / Shearman is ...

Thomas, Craig

(1942-2011) Welsh author of Technothrillers, one of the earliest practitioners of the form; of his eighteen novels, those of most sf interest comprise the Firefox sequence – Firefox (1977) and Firefox Down (1983) – about a Near-Future Russian fighter, the MiG-31, which boasts both anti-radar and a Weapons system operated by thought waves (see Psionics). The former novel was filmed as Firefox (1982). Moscow 5000 (1979), as by David Grant, and Sea Leopard (1981) are of less direct ...

Rossi, Marcianus F

Italian born author (1870-1948), probably in US from 1889; he is probably the Marcian F Rossi whose dates are as below. The protagonists of his only sf work, A Trip to Mars (1920 chap), after discussions with Hugo Gernsback and Nikolai Tesla, travel by solar-powered Spaceship to an advanced Mars, in effect a Lost World ruled by ancient Romans; on their return, they utilize an advanced Ray to melt down Turkish and German armaments. [JC]

Chancellor, J W

(1876-1954) US lawyer, inventor and author of Through the Visograph (1928) which, though published by a vanity press, has aroused some mild interest for its use of the eponymous Time Viewer to examine life ten million years ago, an epoch which could boast of two polar satellites and spaceflight. [JC]

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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