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de Mille, William C

(1878-1955) US playwright, film director and screenwriter, older brother of Cecil B DeMille (1881-1959). (Note that although Cecil compressed his name to DeMille, William did not.) He wrote two plays of sf interest: "Food": A Tragedy of the Future in One Act (performed 1912 as Fifty Years from Now; 1914 chap) with Margaret Scott Oliver, a Satire in which food has become so expensive that a marriage may founder on the husband's jealous destruction ...

Schlee, Ann

(1934-2023) US author, in UK from the 1950s, who mostly wrote historical novels, initially for Young Adult readers and later for adult audiences. Of sf interest is The Vandal (1979), an early example of the future Dystopia whose adolescent protagonist is banned from a central oppressive City, in this case a culture where enforced Amnesia intensifies the tyranny. ...

Ognibene, Peter J

(1941-    ) US former airforce officer, aerospace engineer and author whose Technothriller, The Big Byte (1984), presciently addresses the vulnerability of the world banking system when terrorists create a planetary domino effect by gumming up the works in one location. [JC]

Clarke, Percy

(?   -?   ) An author active in the 1880s and 1890s, either UK or Australian; set in Australia like his other works, his sf novel, The Valley Council; or, Leaves from the Journal of Thomas Bateman of Canbelago Station N. S. W. (1891), combines intimate details of outback life with the portrayal of a Lost Race society of Englishmen who, 150 years earlier, have established a rule-bound but ultimately flexible ...

Trimble, Louis

(1917-1988) US author and academic, prolific in several genres including mysteries and Westerns – he wrote sixty-six novels by 1977 – but relatively little sf; his only sf short story was Probability (April 1954 If; 2010 ebook). His sf novels came later, in a spurt, beginning with the Anthropol Bureau tales – Anthropol (1968 dos) and The Noblest Experiment in the Galaxy (1970 ...

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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