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Corlett, Anne

(?   -    ) UK criminal lawyer and author whose first novel after several nonfantastic tales, The Space Between the Stars (2017), attempts with some ambition to use a Space Opera frame to interrogate various practical and moral issues following the virtual elimination of Homo sapiens both on Earth and across a swathe of settled planets (see Colonization of Other Worlds). The veterinarian protagonist embarks on a Fantastic Voyage back to Earth, where her lover ...

Brown, Harrison

(1917-1986) US scientist and author whose nonfiction The Challenge of Man's Future (1954) combines demographical, ecological and energy concerns in a pioneering work of great admonitory influence. His sf novel, The Cassiopeia Affair (1968) with Chloe Zerwick, treats fictionally the same problems through a story about a possibly bogus message from the stars that may keep mankind from destroying itself in a terminal conflagration. [JC] see also: SETI. /

Saffron, Robert

(1918-1985) US journalist, television screenwriter and author of The Demon Device: A Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Communicated to Robert Saffron (1979), a mildly speculative Alternate History set in World War One, with Arthur Conan Doyle sent off by his government to destroy a German secret Weapon; he is successful. [JC]

Acid Mothers Temple

Prolific Japanese space-rock band who released over fifty albums under various names in their first decade, and who specialize in prolonged shambolic improvised jam-session music. Albums include Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (1997), 41st Century Splendid Man (2002), Univers Zen, ou de zéro à zéro (2002) and Hypnotic Liquid Machine from the Golden Utopia (2004); but although there is sf content in all these it is difficult to separate it out from the ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of "The Battle of the Wabash: A Letter from the Invisible Police" (October 1880 The Californian), an extremely early Yellow Peril story set in 2081, at which point the natural White rulers of America are sufficiently outnumbered by Chinese immigrants, who have long overrun California, that their attempt to cleanse the land fails utterly. Lorelle's story appeared almost simultaneously with Pierton W Dooner's Last ...

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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