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Holmes, Bruce T

(1946-    ) US singer/songwriter and author whose sf novel, Anvil of the Heart (1983), presents with some poignance one of the potential nightmares attendant upon the successful Genetic Engineering of the human species: the slow death of the last pre-altered humans as their children confront (and incomprehensibly transform) a new world. [JC]

Cheynell, Francis

(1608-1665) UK minister, controversialist from a Presbyterian point of view, and author; his Proto SF Satire, Aulicus His Dream, of the Kings Sudden Comming to London (1644 chap), is one of the first texts in English to be set, even notionally, in the future. The pamphlet complicatedly attacks the Royalist newspaper, Mercurius Aulicus, issues of which were routinely smuggled into London, and has no room in its few pages to develop its future setting. [JC]

Whitehouse, J Howard

(1873-1955) UK politician, educationist, scholar and author of Visit to Utopia (1939 chap), a lightly fictionalized description – initially presented as a talk in his role as Warden to the boys of Bembridge School – of a benign Utopia where War and other evils have been eliminated through social justice, high Technology, and due attention to the beauty of the world. As a Liberal member of Parliament 1909-1919, Whitehouse argued in favour of women's suffrage (see Feminism) and (in ...

House Names

Floating Pseudonyms invented by a publishing company and regularly made available to or imposed upon its authors. They were usually created to protect a literary or intellectual property owned by the publisher and to which various writers contributed. One of the earliest was "Noname" employed by the publisher Frank Tousey on the Frank Reade and Frank Reade, Jr series of dime novels. The use of house names became particularly prominent when the single-character hero Pulps proved popular, ...


US Comic-book series (1981-2009), 102 issues, published first by Capital Comics and later by First Comics, Dark Horse Comics and Rude Dude Productions, created by writer Mike Baron and artist Steve Rude. Set in the twenty-fifth century, when Earth is the political hub of the interstellar society known as the Cohesive Web and humanity just one of many intelligent races, the comic had as title character a Superpowered agent of vengeance, driven to kill tyrants and criminals by targeting them with ...

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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