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Trueman, Chrysostom

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) who lists himself as "Editor" of The History of a Voyage to the Moon (1864) [for full title see Checklist], a Proto-SF tale described by Darko Suvin in Victorian Science Fiction in the UK (1983) as being of considerable importance; Suvin also speculates that "Trueman" may possibly have been James Hinton (1822-1875), father of C H Hinton. However, according to Swann Galleries of New York, a copy auctioned there in ...

Smile, R Elton

Working name of US physician and author Elton R Smilie (1819-1889), known for advances in the practice of anaesthetics. He is of sf interest for two intriguing (if confusedly told) tales. In The Manatitlans; Or, a Record of Recent Scientific Explorations in the Andea Lat Plata, S A (1877), a white expedition travels up the Paraguay River where it discovers a Lost Race descended from the Romans; they in turn introduce the expedition to a race of tiny humanoids (see Great and Small), the ...

Eaton Award

This Award has been presented since 2008 by the University of California at Riverside for life achievement in science fiction, and is named in memory of J Lloyd Eaton (see J Lloyd Eaton Collection). Winners may be announced well in advance of the presentation, as with the July 2010 announcement of Harlan Ellison's 2011 award. A previous incarnation of the award was given for notable nonfiction about the genre, with one additional (joint) "Grand Master" career award for life achievement in ...

Lawrence, Henry L

(1908-1990) UK author whose The Children of Light (1960) deals with the effects of radiation as inflicted upon children to make them immune to the effects of nuclear Holocaust. It was used as the basis for a 1961 film, The Damned, directed by Joseph Losey (1909-1984). [JC/PN]

Asterley, H C

(1902-1973) UK author of one 1930s detective novel with no element of the fantastic and of Escape to Berkshire (1961), set in a Post-Holocaust London after a nuclear war and an Invasion have destroyed English decencies; the tales uncertainly conveys echoes of H G Wells and John Wyndham at their grimmest, but ends in hope. [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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