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Wallis, Redmond

(1933-    ) New Zealand author active from the early 1960s whose Young Adult Triangulum sequence comprising Starbloom (1989) and The Mills of Space (1989) faces its young protagonists with Space Opera challenges, as an Alien civilization threatens Earth with a deadly Drug. [JC]

Burnet, W Hodgson

(1873-1933) UK architect and author, whose Parodies include Quite So Stories (coll 1918), which makes mild fun of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories (coll 1902). In Gullible's Travels in Little-Brit (1920), a giant Gulliver from Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) (see Great and Small; Gulliver; Sequels by Other Hands) visits London during World War One, which he supports, and meets G K Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw, whom he bests. Most of the Satire is directed at Parliament. ...

Mighels, Philip Verrill

(1869-1911) US author, married to Ella Sterling Mighels, who began to publish work of some genre interest with "The Polar Magnet" for Black Cat in 1896. In his sf novel, The Crystal Sphere: A Story of Adventure (1901; vt The King of the Missing Links 1904; cut, with several chapters excised, under original title 1906), a young man's Balloon is driven by vast winds to an undiscovered Island in the Pacific, in which Lost World he discovers two warring tribes of weapon-bearing ape-like "Missing ...

Allaby, Michael

(1933-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfiction texts in fields like Ecology; but his The Greening of Mars (1984) with James Lovelock (of Gaia Hypothesis fame), though basically a nonfiction study of how Mars might be settled, is told as a fictionalized narrative whose tone is upliftingly Utopian. [JC]

Stone, Graham

(1926-2013) Australian bibliographer, involved in Australian Fandom for many years; his only fiction, Zero Equals Nothing (1951 chap) with Royce Williams, is a Space Opera. His main focus in the Australian sf world lay in his creation of several Bibliographies: first of the Australian field, beginning with Australian Science Fiction Index, 1939-1962 (1964); then of British sf, with Index to British Science Fiction Magazines 1934-1953 (1968-1971 3vols; exp 1977-1980 3vols). He received the ...

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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