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Large, E C

(1902-1976) UK botanist and author who began to publish poetry and fiction in the late 1920s. Sugar in the Air: A Romance (1937), first of the two connected Charles Pry tales, is a notable and original Scientific Romance bitterly but wryly describing the conflicts which arise between scientific and commercial interests during experiments with artificial photosynthesis; eventually, Charles Pry develops a process to manufacture sugar from the air (or SUNSAP) in industrial quantities, but his ...

O'Guilin, Peadar

Working name of Irish author Peadar Ó Guilín (1968-    ), who began to publish work of genre interest with "Charly's Ark" in Albedo One for Summer 1994; much of his short work was assembled as Forever in the Memory of God and Other Stories (coll 2014). O'Guilin's first series, the Young Adult Bone World Trilogy beginning with The Inferior (2007), is located in what may be a Pocket Universe, possibly Underground, or perhaps within a Generation Starship; in this ...


Item of Terminology introduced in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy to denote narratives whose essentially Fantasy nature is more or less disguised by trappings of Technology, though usually with no serious attempt to add scientific or pseudoscientific justification. Even Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's sf classic Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) is arguably technofantasy, offering only the vaguest references to the arcane powers of electricity as rationale for a story based ...

Kenyon, Tim

(?   -    ) UK author of an sf novel, Ersatz Nation (2002), set in two Parallel Worlds, one our own, and a second, a Dystopian counterpart to ours run by an entity known as Mother Necessity, who must (rather tamely) be overthrown. [JC]


Pseudonym of Angolan author Ndalu de Almeida (1977-    ), variously from the age of sixteen in Portugal and Brazil; active from around 2000. He is of sf interest (see Afrofuturism) for Os transparentes (2012; trans Stephen Henigah as Transparent City 2018), transfiguringly set in Near Future Luanda, which through governmental obliviousness and private-enterprise greed for oil has been set on fire. Ondjaki's rendering of the multifarious lives of his various protagonists ...

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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