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Shannon, John C

(?   -?   ) UK author of some sf interest for "The Dream of Jacques, the Anarchist" (?? Walsall Advertiser), a Future War vision involving advanced Airships and other newly developed Weapons. The tale appeared, along with some fantasies and weird fiction, in Who Shall Condemn? and Other Stories (coll 1894). Shannon's second collection, Zylgrahof and Other Stories (coll 1901), assembles similar material. D'Aubisé: A Reminiscence (1900) is nonfantastic. ...

Fireside Magazine

US professional Online Magazine available as an ebook by subscription only. It was produced by Brian J White in Boston, Massachusetts. White sought financing via crowdfunding; his intentions were to publish "great stories, regardless of genre". There were three preliminary issues dated Spring, Summer and Winter 2012, which were also downloadable, and which covered the spectrum of speculative fiction, with authors including Ken Liu, Mary Robinette Kowal and Tobias S Buckell, whose "Please Enter ...

Osborn, Christopher

(?   -    ) UK concert pianist, teacher and author whose first novel, A Sense of Touch (1989), is nonfantastic; his second, Unbound (2017), sensitively depicts a molecular biologist's unrelenting search for Immortality through Drugs, during the course of which he becomes addicted to a drug known as Telos, which treats ageing as an auto-immune disorder. A Near Future epilogue extols his scientific efforts, which have proven successful, though not in time to ...

Sahakyants, Robert

(1950-2009) Armenian animator and director born in Azerbaijan; his family moved to Armenia in 1964. He studied at the Khachatur Abovyan Pedagogic Institute, though not often enough, being expelled for non-attendance in 1970; by then he had joined the Armenfilm studio as an animator. Sahakyants was appointed as a director in 1972, producing numerous cartoons. In 2008 he was made a People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia. His surname is sometimes spelt "Saakyants" or "Saakiants". / ...

Calderon, George

(1868-1915) UK playwright, linguistic scholar, translator and author perhaps best known for his advocacy of the plays of Anton Chekhov, many of which he translated; he died on active service in World War One, aged 46. The Adventures of Downy V Green, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford (1902) is a Fantasy of Manners [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The "Missing Link" protagonist of his sf Satire on Evolution, Dwala: A Romance (1904), is "as like a human [being] as any ape can get" (see ...

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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