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Emshwiller, Peter R

(1959-    ) US actor, illustrator and author, son of Carol Emshwiller and Ed Emshwiller, who has also worked as Stoney Emshwiller; of sf interest is his Near Future series of noir tales – The Host (1991) and Short Blade (1992) – set in a New York directly extrapolated (seemingly) from the mean-streets City 1970s Manhattan threatened to become. The action is intense but the ambience now seems less than prescient. [JC]

Vara, Vauhini

(?   –     ) Canadian-born journalist, editor and author, in US from late childhood, who is of sf interest for her first novel, The Immortal King Rao (2022), set mostly in the Near Future of an Alternate World version of a "Hothouse Earth" devastated by Climate Change. The loose Jonbar Point of the tale may be the absence of various corporations, from IBM to Apple and beyond, along with the absence of their white male progenitors and ...

Ruditis, Paul

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Ties to Television or Comics series, beginning with Which Way Did She Go? (2001) for the vast Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot beginning in 2000; other ties include one for the Star Trek universe, Star Trek: Enterprise: Shockwave (2002), one for Roswell, Dreamwalk (2003), and several for the vast Charmed (1998-2006), a television fantasy series, beginning with Charmed: The Brewing Storm (2004). For some of these series he has ...

Duffus, R L

(1888-1972) US journalist and author on various subjects, including two novels of genre interest: Night Between the Rivers (1937), a Near Future tale in which New York is disrupted by a brief general strike; and Jason Potter's Space Walk (1970) which conflates sf and fantasy as the protagonist is recruited by an angel to address the future of humanity. [JC]

Helders, Major von

Pseudonym of German soldier and author Robert Knauss (1892-1955), who served in both World War One and World War Two, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-General, and whose nonfiction works focused on aviation matters. Of sf interest is Luftkrieg 1936: Die Zertrümmerun von Paris (1932; trans Claud W Sykes as The War in the Air, 1936 1932; German original rev vt Luftkrieg 1938: Die Zertrümmerun von Paris 1934), a Future War tale in which the British and the French are on opposing sides; ...

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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