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Leslie, Norman

(?   -    ) UK author of the Kiwi Club series comprising The Kiwi Club (1938) and Raid over England (1938), set in the very Near Future and featuring a group of airmen from the previous war banded together to save England from its gathering foes, who (in the second volume) plan to bomb England with disease-carrying packets (see Weapons). [JC]

Benjamin, Chloe

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, The Anatomy of Dreams (2014), edges into the fantastic through its protagonists' obsessive quest to acquire lucid dreaming skills (see Virtual Reality), guided and perhaps deluded by a shamanic researcher. / The Immortalists (2018) similarly engages its four protagonists – who in 1969 have had their futures told by a psychic capable of actual ...

Downing, David

(1946-    ) UK historian and author of the Hitler Wins Alternate History text, The Moscow Option: An Alternative Second World War (1979; rev 2001), which depends upon two Jonbar Points: Hitler is immobilized after a plane crash, which allows his generals to drive straight to Moscow; and the Americans are defeated at Midway. The text stops at 1942, with ...

Muir, John Kenneth

(1969-    ) US author, almost exclusively of nonfiction studies and encyclopedias, with an emphasis on Television, beginning with his first book, Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series (1997). Other titles of interest include An Annotated Guide to Television's Battlestar Galactica (1999); A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television ...

Price, Roger

(1918-1990) US television personality, cartoonist and author, best known for the comic cartoons he called Droodles – simple sketches or diagrams that make no sense without their joky captions, such as a panel of scattered blots described as "Measles Waiting To Be Caught"; these were first published as Droodles (graph 1953). The protagonist of In One Head and Out the Other (1954) "had a clever trick of saying any conceivable sentence so that it sounded like 'I ...

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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