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Ford, Douglas Morey

(1851-1916) UK author whose Future War tale, A Time of Terror: The Story of a Great Revenge (A.D. 1910) (1906; vt A Time of Terror: The Story of a Great Revenge (A.D. 1912) 1908) as Anonymous, pits the anarchist League of London against the British government, the rioters' near victory aborted by the outbreak of war with Germany. In The Raid of Dover: A Romance of the Reign of Woman: A.D. 1940 (1910) as Anonymous, a Britain under disastrous female rule (see Feminism) again suffers Invasion by ...

Auel, Jean M

(1936-    ) US author who is known solely for her enormously successful Earth's Children sequence of Prehistoric SF novels: The Clan of the Cave Bear (1980), The Valley of Horses (1982), both assembled as The Clan of the Cave Bear/The Valley of Horses (omni 1994), plus The Mammoth Hunters (1985), all three assembled as Earth's Children (omni 1987), plus The Plains of Passage (1990), The Shelters of Stone (2002) and The Land of the Painted Caves (2011). It could not be ...

Favreau, Jon

(1966-    ) US filmmaker and actor, who has worked his way diligently up the directorial lists by a willingness to take on a wide range of studio projects across a range of fantasy genres. Already an established screen actor by the mid-nineties, he wrote and/or directed a series of films with Vince Vaughn, beginning with Swingers (1996), as well as a number of films and series episodes for television. After a hit with the Christmas comedy Elf (2003), he directed the ...

Ballou, William Hosea

(1857-1937) US author of several mild satires about social life in the American upper classes. His three novels of some genre interest are A Ride on a Cyclone (1889); The Bachelor Girl: A Novel of the 1400 (1890), which features a very fast motorized Balloon plus a romance; and The Upper Ten: A Novel of the Snobocracy (1890), in which a submarine Lost Race of mermen (see Under the Sea) threatens the world above. [JC]

Fort, Charles

(1874-1932) US journalist and author whose first work, The Outcast Manufacturers (1909), is a novel only remotely connected to his later interests. He also wrote numerous usually realistic, and often humorous, short stories including a satirical fantasy, "A Radical Corpuscle" (March 1906 Tom Watson's Magazine), before settling into the work for which he is remembered. Working from extensive notes collected mainly from newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, Fort compiled a series of ...

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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