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Serpell, Christopher

(1910-1991) UK journalist and Intelligence Office during World War Two, whose Loss of Eden: A Cautionary Tale (1940; vt If Hitler Comes: A Cautionary Tale 1941) with Douglas Brown is a strong Hitler Wins tale in which appeasement leads to German occupation of Britain, with desolate consequences (for more details see his collaborator). [JC]

MacMillan, Ian

(?   -    ) US author of Blakely's Ark (1981), an sf Disaster novel in which a virus Pandemic decimates humanity. [JC]

Wright, W George

(?   -?   ) UK author of fiction for boys, who also wrote as by Howard Grant and Paul Quinton. In The School in the Air: A Splendid Long Complete Story of Schoolboy Fun & Adventure All Over the World (28 October 1922-6 January 1923 Pluck; 1924 chap) and Wings of Adventure: An Exciting Yarn of Schoolboy Travel & Adventure on an Air Trip to Africa (13 January-14 April 1923 Pluck; 1926 chap), both as by Paul Quinton, a number of chums enjoy their schooling in ...

Pseudoman, Akkad

Pseudonym of US inventor, academic and author Edwin Fitch Northrup (1866-1940), whose sf novel Zero to Eighty: Being my Lifetime Doings, Reflections, and Inventions: Also my Journey Around the Moon (1937) comprises the slightly wooden memoirs of "Kad" Pseudoman, whose early life incorporates some elements of the Edisonade – he discovers a gold mine in the West from which he profits mightily; he creates various Inventions, usually to do with Transportation; and he saves a country from its ...

Lumley, Benjamin

(1811-1875) Canadian-born lawyer, entrepreneurial opera manager and author, who wrote at least once as Hermes; in UK from well before 1832, by which point he had permanently changed his surname from Levy. His career in opera, from 1842 to about 1863, was marked by some scandal (not unusual for the context) and his introduction of nearly thirty operas to Britain, including several by Giuseppe Verdi. His career as a novelist began late, with Sirenia; or, Recollections of a Past Existence (1863) ...

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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