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McLaren, Colin Andrew

(1940-    ) UK archival librarian, playwright and author, in Scotland from 1969. Most of his novels are Young Adult historical tales; of sf interest is Rattus Rex (1978), set in an 1860s London plagued by a sudden infestation of strangely well-disciplined rats (for As Above So Below and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below). After hundreds of human lives are lost, the giant rats at the heart of this attack on civilization are discovered. They are ...

Chambless, Edgar

(1870-1936) US visionary and author whose Utopia, Roadtown (1910), promulgates a radically modernizing concept for the City as a literal embodiment of the centrality of Transportation: "a line of city ... projected through the country ... in the form of a continuous house. In the basement ... are to be placed means of transporting passengers, freights, parcels and all utilities...." This concept of a house-wide Linear City capable of spanning America in a continuous line from New York to San ...

Simak, Clifford D

(1904-1988) US author whose primary occupation 1929-1976 was newspaper work, and who worked full-time for the Minneapolis Star from 1939 until his retirement, when he became a full-time writer of sf, some years past his early prime. His first published stories, beginning with "The World of the Red Sun" in Wonder Stories for December 1931, were less individual than his later work; significantly, however, that first tale deals with Time Travel, which became his favourite sf device for the ...

Stoddard, Jason

(?   -    ) US author who also writes as by Brett Patton, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Unfinished" in Strange Horizons for 10 and 17 May 2004. His longer work has been restricted to series, though Winning Mars (2010), with sequels intended, remains technically a singleton; it extrapolates a traditional sf Media Landscape – the privatized selling of the exploration of space, as in Robert A Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon ...

Bennett, Robert Jackson

(1984-    ) US author whose first novel, Mr Shivers (2010), a supernatural thriller, plunges into what would become his dominant focus of interest: the Matter of America. In this tale, a man whose child has been murdered becomes a hobo in order to track down the eponymous creature responsible for this and other similar deaths, riding the rails of 1930s America in his quest for "justice" (see Crime and Punishment); Bennett portrays the troubled land with a melodramatic but ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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