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Gozlan, Léon

(1806-1866) French political journalist, feuilletonist, playwright and author, one of whose many novels is an sf Satire, Les Émotions de Polydore Marasquin; ou, Trois mois parmi les singes (1856 Journal Pour Tous; 1857; trans anon as The Man Among the Monkeys; Or, Ninety Days in Apeland. To Which Are Added The Philosopher and his Monkey, The Professor and the Crocodile, and Other Strange Stories of Men and Animals, anth 1873) ...

Fisher, Catherine

(1957-    ) Welsh poet and author, active in the former capacity from the 1980s; her first novel, The Conjuror's Game (1990), was the first of many Young Adult fantasies, most of them set in Secondary Worlds [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. She is of some sf interest for two series. The Incarceron sequence beginning with Incarceron ...

Box, Muriel

(1905-1991) UK playwright, scriptwriter and director, often in collaboration with her husband, Sydney Box (1907-1983), who (because of the resistance to women directors) sometimes served as her beard; they shared an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Seventh Veil (1946). Her sf novel, The Big Switch (1964), is a Sleeper Awakes tale whose handsome male protagonist is revived into a world in which he is the only man (see ...

Fantasy Entries

Previous editions of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction included a number of entries for authors whose genre output consists entirely of indisputable Fantasy, or whose few short sf stories would not have warranted an entry in the absence of more substantial works of fantasy, Horror or supernatural fiction in their bibliographies. Most such entries – excepting authors like J R R Tolkien ...

Macpherson, Ian

(1905-1944) Scots author, farmer and broadcaster who is of genre interest for his last novel, Wild Harbour (1936), in which a devastating Future War – the expected World War Two – breaks out in 1944. The story centres on a married couple who flee to a cave in the hills of Speyside to escape the looming threat of bombs, Biological Weapons and ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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