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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Walker, Rowland

(1876-1947) UK author of tales for boys. The Antihero of The Phantom Airman (1920) is a German airman unreconciled to the outcome of World War One, who establishes a pirate band whose depredations are made possible by a secret Invention; By Airship to the Tropics: The Amazing Adventures of Two Schoolboys (1923) unthreateningly deposits its protagonists in a ...

Ralli, Constantine

(1854-1934) UK author, who changed his name to Constantine Scaramanga-Ralli by Royal Licence in 1910, after publishing his only sf novel, Vanessa: A Romance of the New Century and the New World (1904), which is set in a Near Future New York controlled by a tiny oligarchy; the masses soon revolt. [JC]

Schneyer, Kenneth

(1960-    ) US lecturer in the law and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Calibration" in Nature Physics for July 2008. Much of his work has been assembled as The Law & the Heart: Stories to Bend the Mind & Soul (coll 2014), several of the tales included focusing on the interactions between law (see also Crime and Punishment; Thought Experiment) ...

Compelling Science Fiction

US semi-professional Online Magazine which, unlike most such publications, publishes solely technological Hard SF. It is published by data scientist Joe Stech (in partnership with Flame Tree for issue #15) and edited by Emily Goodin. It began in August 2016 on a quarterly schedule but after ten issues switched to twice yearly. It can be read online or as an ebook. In his first editorial Stech noted that he wanted to publish ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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