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Traill, H D

(1842-1900) UK lawyer, journalist and author, of most interest for his Satires, early examples – like The Israelitish Question: And the Comments of the Canaan Journals Thereon (1876 chap) anonymous tending to spoof contemporary politics through elaborate parodies and anachronisms. The New Lucian: Being a Series of Dialogues of the Dead (coll of linked stories 1884) makes its satirical points through a sustained reworking of the work by Lucian. The long Near Future title story of the tales ...

McCoy, Andrew

Working name of South African-born author André Jute McCoy (1945-    ), in Australia from the 1960s, who has concentrated as McCoy on violent tales of conflict in the continent of his birth, most of them verging into the Near Future. These include Atrocity Week (1978), The Insurrectionist (1979), which describes a future rising of Blacks against the South African government, African Revenge (1980), Blood Ivory (1983), in which the last surviving elephants are ...

Bowen, Robert Sidney

(1900-1977) US aviator, journalist, editor; his middle name is spelled Sydney, but is given as Sidney in his books; he also wrote nonfantastic tales as James Robert Richard. He served during World War One, in 1917 as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service, and from 1918 in active service as a pilot. After the war he worked for the London Daily News, and in his later career worked as an editor, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Aviation Magazine. As an author of tales for young ...

Mori Hiroshi

(1957-    ) Prolific Japanese author and model-maker, who gave up youthful Manga illustration under the name Mori Muku to specialize in rheology (the flow of viscous plastics). He became an associate professor in engineering at Nagoya University before quitting in 2005 to become a full-time author of prose fiction. Mori is largely known as a thriller writer in Japan, usually with scientific themes recalling the detective mysteries of Isaac Asimov, and titles that often pun ...

Beresford, J D

(1873-1947) UK author. He was the son of a clergyman, and he was crippled in infancy by polio; both facts were influential in forming his worldview. Two of his children, Marc Brandel (1919-1994) and Elizabeth Beresford (1926-2010), became authors of supernatural fiction. Beresford began to publish work of genre interest with "Cut-Throat Farm" in The Westminster Gazette for 14 August 1909; a determined but defensive agnosticism normally guides the development of his futuristic and metaphysical ...

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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