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Putney, Susan K

(?1951-    ) US author and former comics store owner. Her novel Against Arcturus (1972 dos) is an sf tale with a Space Opera frame in which explorers from Earth visit a world inhabited by Aliens, which is then occupied by invaders from an authoritarian human colony based in the Arcturus system. Attempts to stir the alien "Sarbr" to rebellion receive only lukewarm co-operation; it emerges to some Satirical effect that the Sarbr are an ancient civilization with effective ...

Moore, Alan

(1953-    ) UK Comics writer and illustrator, mainly active in the former capacity for the Graphic Novels that made him famous; all of these, including Watchmen, were illustrated by others. On relatively rare occasions, beginning with "Sawdust Memories" for Knave in December 1984, he has also written prose fiction, including the part-fantastic Voice of the Fire (coll of linked stories 1996) and the very long, also part-fantastic Jerusalem (2016), the latter having a mixed ...

Grip [2]

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Monster Municipality, or Gog and Magog Reformed: A Dream (1882), a Dystopian prediction that socialist reforms will torture England in 1885; and How John Bull Lost London, or The Capture of the Channel Tunnel (1882), one of the earlier Future-War novels – if not the earliest – to warn against a tunnel connecting the UK to an aggressive France, whose initially successful Invasion here results in ...

Easton, John

(?   -?   ) UK author whose experiences of active service during World War One were reflected in Three Personal Records of the War (1929) with R H Mottram and Eric Partridge. He is of sf interest for Red Sap (1930; rev 1938), a Lost Race tale whose protagonist finds the secret of Invisibility deep in the Himalayas, a power he uses to penetrate a sacred valley, and to solve a murder mystery back in the UK. [JC]

Mantel, Hilary

(1952-    ) UK author, best known for the nonfantastic Wolf Hall sequence of novels beginning with Wolf Hall (2009), which deals with the career of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540) (see Sir Thomas More). Some of her work is of more direct interest. The Mysterious Stranger who gives his name to Fludd (1989), which is set in a small town in the England of 1956, may be the Devil, though the supernatural occurrences which attend his visit lead not only to distress but, for some, a ...

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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