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Janin, Jules

(1804-1874) French author, active from the 1820s, who first came to prominence for L'Âne mort et la Femme guillotinée (1829; trans Terry Hale as The Dead Donkey and the Guillotined Woman 1993), a very early example of what would become known as the conte cruel [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In its counterintuitive lightheartedness – the plot of the tale is grim – it prefigures the short stories, some of them almost readable as hoaxes, assembled as ...

Michel, Lincoln

(1982-    ) US author, active initially from around 2005 as a writer of short stories, several of which have been assembled as Urgent Beasts (coll 2015), some of them evoking Horror in SF worlds. He is of specific sf interest for his first novel, The Body Scout (2021), set in a corporatized Near Future Cyberpunk-inflected America; the protagonist, a washed up Cyborg Baseball player, discovers that his attempts to survive in the cynically manipulated killing fields of the ...

Murray, V T

(1874-1956) UK journalist, playwright and author of an Equipoisal fantasy/Scientific Romance, The Rule of the Beasts (1925), in which a homiletic journal, beginning in 1933 just as a terminal World War Two breaks out, has been discovered in the fortieth century, when it is presented with scholarly interpolations (see Ruins and Futurity) to a vast audience. The journal goes on to describe Ruined Earth vistas, moving into the territory of the classic Beast Fable [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy ...

Sidorova, J M

(?   -    ) Russian-born research scientist and author, in the USA from 1990, who began publish work of genre interest with "The Witch, The Tinman, The Flies" in Asimov's for August 2010. Her sf series, the Age of Ice sequence comprising The Age of Ice (2013) and The Colors of Cold: A New Story from the Age of Ice (2013 ebook), examines in sf and "literary" terms the range of implications of ice: the protagonist is conceived in 1740 in an historical ice ...

Johnson, Edgar

(1912-1990) US ceramic artist and author, for whose works of sf interest in collaboration with his wife Annabel Johnson, see her entry. Johnson should not to be confused with Edgar Johnson (1901-1972), an earlier novelist. [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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