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Edwards, Rob

(?   -    ) UK author, resident in Finland for some time, whose first novel, The Ascension Machine (2020), is an exuberant Young Adult Space Opera riff on a range of story opportunities from the SF Megatext: his young hero cons himself into a school, a combination of space cadet academy and Superhero breeder, on a planet new to him; he makes friends with Alien schoolmates, with whom he then engages in adventures as the galaxy is in danger of being overwhelmed ...

Lowachee, Karin

(?   -    ) Guyana-born author, in Canada from an early age, whose Warchild sequence, comprising Warchild (2002), Burndive (2003) and Cagebird (2005), set in a moderately baroque interstellar Space Opera venue, where a troubled and tradition-bound polity under the control of Earth vies with an Alien race, as seen through the difficult lives of various young men whose intersecting careers – on pirate Spaceships and Terraformed planets and other locations ...

Cooper, James Fenimore

(1789-1851) US author, best known for the Leather-Stocking Tales sequence in a gentlemanly frontier-adventure tale style, which includes The Last of the Mohicans (1826) and many other widely read novels featuring the woodsman Natty Bumppo; he also wrote several Gothic tales containing supernatural elements, like the broad hints that the protagonist of The Spy, a Tale of the Neutral Ground (1821 2vols) may be the Wandering Jew. In Cooper's sf novel, The Monikins: A Tale (1835 3vols), an English ...

Magog, H-J

Pseudonym – also written without the hyphen – of French author Henri-Georges Jeanne (1877-1947), primarily of interest for his collaboration with Paul Féval fils [whom see for details] on the Mysteries of Tomorrow sequence beginning with Les Fiancés de l'an 2000 (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Mysteries of Tomorrow: Volume 1: Fiances of the Year 2000 2020). His other work remains untranslated. [JC]

Curwen, Henry

(1846-1892) UK critic, journalist and author, in India from 1876, where he became editor of the Times of India. He was an early sympathetic critic of Edgar Allan Poe. Zit and Xoe: Their Early Experience (April-May 1885 Blackwood's Magazine; 1887) is a tale of Prehistoric SF told in terms of the theory of Evolution, in which two advanced apes (see Apes as Human) are forced to leave their tribe in order to progress humanwards. [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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