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Brebner, Winston

(1924-2004) US author whose sf novel Doubting Thomas (1956) depicts a computer-ruled Dystopia; the protagonist of the tale, a magistrate in his centrally controlled state, secretly becomes a clown once a year, during the State Holiday, giving some opportunities for Satire. The novel also explores the metaphysical pathos of clowning in a world that disallows any element of Revel. [JC]

Southesk, The Earl of

Title from 1855 of Scottish poet, antiquary and author James Carnegie (1827-1905). His poetry tends to the occult, though his privately-published book-length narrative poem, Lurida Lumina (1876 chap) anonymous, describes the Near Future Invasion of England by France within a Battle of Dorking frame. His prose of sf interest includes two sf novels. In Herminius: A Romance (1862) anonymous, which is set during the Roman occupancy of Britain, a Lost Race of ferocious Neanderthal-like creatures ...

Underground

Underground settings are far from being an exclusively sf theme, having a universal resonance for Homo sapiens, as Kim Stanley Robinson registers in Forty Signs of Rain (2004): "He descended the Metro escalator into the ground. A weird action for a hominid to take.... Following the shaman into the cave. We've never lost any of that". Mysterious regions underground have since the earliest days of Proto SF offered a suitable location for Lost Worlds, Labyrinths and the kind of free-form ...

Barzevi, A H

(?   -?   ) US author of Migrants of the Stars: Being an Account of the Discovery of the Marvelous Land of Niames, and of the Secret of its Inhabitants (1931) with Marc F Keller, the protagonist of which travels by Balloon to a Lost Race of philosophers who have created a Utopia on a flying Island, from whence he is transported to the nearby planet Zu, which is also benign, though its inhabitants lack extrasensory powers. [JC]

Nauman, A D

(?   -?   ) US author of a Dystopia, Scorch (2001), set in a Near Future America run by a totalitarian network of private enterprises: it is a land in which the population believes it is free (see Advertising). [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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