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Cole, Cornelius

(1822-1924) US politician – at his death he was the oldest former American Senator – lawyer, newspaperman and author, whose only novel, California Three Hundred and Fifty Years Ago: Manuelo's Narrative Translated from the Portuguese by a Pioneer (1888) anonymous, describes in prose (and occasional verse) the discovery of a Lost World in California in the sixteenth century. [JC]

Web and Starship

Board and counter Wargame (1984). West End Games (WEG). Designed by Greg Costikyan. / Web and Starship is a Hard SF Wargame played on a two-dimensional map of nearby stars, with the third dimension represented by notations on the display. The setting is asymmetric; there are three players, each of whom has different capabilities. The Pereen can travel between ...

Blumlein, Michael

(1948-2019) US medical doctor who worked full-time at UCSF until recently, and author whose output in the latter capacity, though he published only four novels and four collections, had considerable impact on the field, beginning with his first published story, "Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report" for Interzone in Spring 1984. This tale remains one of the most astonishingly savage political assaults ever published. The target is Ronald Reagan, ...

Woodruff and the Schnibble of Azimuth

Videogame (1994; vt The Bizarre Adventures of Woodruff and the Schnibble in the US). Coktel Vision (CV). Designed by Muriel Tramis, Stéphane Fournier, Pierre Gilhodes. Platforms: Win. / Woodruff is a graphical Adventure with the ambience of a satirical cartoon. Long after a devastating nuclear war, humanity has returned to the surface world from its underground refuges to find that a new intelligent ...

Wolfe, Humbert

(1885-1940) Italian-born civil servant, poet and author, in the UK from infancy, active from around 1915; he served in the Ministry of Munitions during World War One and in the Ministry of Labour in World War Two. The title poem in Shylock Reasons with Mr Chesterton (coll 1920 chap) uses the term "reasons" with some despair; a telling quatrain on the anti-semitism of G K ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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