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Horner, Donald W

(1874-1944) UK astronomer, meteorologist and author who specialized in popular-science texts. Though published as boys' fiction, By Aeroplane to the Sun: Being the Adventures of a Daring Aviator and his Friends (1910) offers a numerate and complex vision of a high-tech Near Future, featuring picturephones, television and electric cars, and describing the protagonists' usual tour of the Solar System with prescient realism, though the inhabitants of Venus and Mars are conventionally depicted in ...

Waldrop, Howard

(1946-    ) US author, an important member of the Texas-based school of sf writers, much of whose early work was set in the American South. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Lunchbox" for Analog in May 1972, reportedly John W Campbell Jr's last (and perhaps least typical) discovery before he died with the tale still in manuscript. His first novel, The Texas-Israeli War: 1999 (1974) with Jake Saunders, is set in a balkanized Post-Holocaust America after World ...

Alexander, Holmes

(1906-1985) US columnist and biographer, author of The Spirit of '76: A Political Novel of the Near Future (1966), a Near Future satire on American politics in 1976. [JC]

Hunter, Bluebell Matilda

Working name of Matilda Angela Antonia Hunter (1877-1960), a UK businesswoman – her turn-of-the-century typewriting bureau serviced William Butler Yeats and other writers – and author who published under various names. Those identified include George Lancing and John Guildford. Books of sf interest include Infamous Conduct (1934) as by George Lancing, a Near Future tale dealing with dilemmas in medical ethics as medicine advances; Fraudulent Conversion: A Romance of the Gold ...

Remes, Ilkka

Pseudonym of Petri Pykälä (1962-    ), an author working largely in the Technothriller mode, and the best-selling novelist in his native Finland for much of the first two decades of the twenty-first century. Several of his works step over the line into sf, beginning with his debut novel Pääkallokehrääjä ["Death's-Head Moth"] (1997), an Alternate History set in 1986, 42 years after a Soviet conquest of Finland in World War Two. The story is ...

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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