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Smith, Gavin G

(1968-    ) Scottish author who made his debut with the grimly told Veteran sequence comprising Veteran (2010) and War in Heaven (2011), set initially on a Cyberpunk-inflected war-torn distant Near Future Earth, after 60 years of an unequal war with the Alien civilization known only as Them. The frequently invoked Military SF tropes of the first volume, which are at times extremely violent, intensify in the second, which is set in interstellar space, and involves terminal ...

Czolgosz, W Bill

(1970-    ) Canadian author of an Alternate World mashup, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim (2009) as with Mark Twain, in which Black slaves in early nineteenth century America are replaced with Zombies, here called baggers. Czolgosz's attempts to colonize Twain's story, with its ominous wit and astonishingly accurate rendering of several dialects of American English, are not marked by huge success. [JC]

Gordon, Stuart [2]

(1947-2020) US screenwriter and director whose first film, Re-Animator (1985), fully established the cheerfully gonzo transgressiveness of his treatment of horror in this and other Splatter Movies. The film is taken from H P Lovecraft's Herbert West – Reanimator (February-July 1922 Home Brew as "Grewsome Tales"; vt March 1942-November 1943 Weird Tales; 1977 chap), but the black-humour extremes to which violence is taken, as well as a clear linking of violence and deeply repressed Sex, ...

Wason, Robert Alexander

(1874-1955) US author, mostly of Westerns, who is of sf interest for "The Man Who Never Died" (September 1915-March 1916 Physical Culture), a magazine founded and still under the influence of Bernarr Macfadden. The story is told from the viewpoint of Amorio, a young woman in splendid health brought up in an isolated Keep by Andreas Vesalius (1514-"1564"), whose death by drowning was a ruse to disguise his Immortality, established through Eugenics-based experiments on willing members of the ...

Ross, Adrian

(1859-1933) Pseudonym of UK author Arthur Reed Ropes, mostly remembered for his one Horror novel, The Hole of the Pit (1914). A Cambridge don, he edited books in the original French and German by such authors as Jules Verne and Erckmann-Chatrian. He later went on to a career as a lyricist for musical comedies and light operettas, also publishing numerous poems. The Hole of the Pit, set during the English Civil War of 1642-1651, has often been compared to the work of William Hope Hodgson. Its ...

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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