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Stevenson, Philip L

(?   -?   ) UK author, usually of historical romances, whose Near Future take on the Battle of Dorking topos, How the Jubilee Fleet Escaped Destruction, and the Battle orf Ushant: Or, Two Episodes in the Career of a Naval Officer (1899), allows the UK to survive an Invasion, and examines the consequences. [JC]

Ellern, William B

(1933-    ) US engineer, who has worked for the Jet Propulsion Labs, and author of some stories set in the Lensman universe of E E Smith, beginning with "Moon Prospector" for Analog in April 1966, and most notably with a sequel to the main sequence, New Lensman (January-July 1975 Perry Rhodan #61-#74; 1976), which takes some material from his first story; "Triplanetary Agent" (August-October 1976 Perry Rhodan #100-#105) was also set in the Lensman universe. [JC]

Horton, Gordon T

(1924-1989) UK author known only for a routine contribution to the Robert Hale Limited list, X-Isle (1980). [JC]


In sf Terminology, one of the commonest of hand-held Weapons (see Rays), especially in Space Opera of the 1930s and 1940s. The device may have been a product of squeamishness – or perhaps just neatness – since it creates a maximum of destruction with a minimum of bleeding pieces left to sweep up afterwards. The term seems to have been introduced by Nictzin Dyalhis in "When the Green Star Waned" (April 1925 Weird Tales), as a synonym for Blaster (here spelt "Blastor"). The ...

Dane, John Colin

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel Champion (1907) is narrated by a sentient car (see Machines), which or who recounts various adventures among humans, following a tradition – begun as early as Tobias Smollett's The History and Adventures of an Atom (1769 2vols) – that generates opportunities for Satire, vicarious Sex, picaresque adventures. [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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