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Chen, Mike

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Here and Now and Then (2019), focuses on the emotional travails of a Time Police agent suffering from Amnesia who must decide between his job and his new family after he is reconnected to his mission from the future. A Beginning at the End (2020), set in a bleak Near Future balkanized America after a devastating Pandemic, follows a cohort of survivors in their attempts to begin to rebuild a sustainable community. In We ...

Weil, Josh

(1976-    ) US author whose first work was a nonfantastic collection, The New Valley: Novellas (coll 2009); his first novel, The Great Glass Sea (2014), should probably be thought in terms of Fantastika broadly conceived rather than primarily as sf. Though it is technically set not in a vague very Near Future but rather in an Alternate History version of contemporary Russia, this land and the Russia we know are (and are not) as indistinguishable as the identical twins who ...

Hillegas, Mark R

(1926-2000) US sf critic and professor of English who was based at Southern Illinois University. In 1961 he gave, at Colgate, one of the first university-level classes in sf in the USA (see SF in the Classroom). His academic study The Future as Nightmare: H G Wells and the Anti-Utopians (1967) deals mostly with writers of Dystopias like Karel Čapek, Aldous Huxley, C S Lewis, George Orwell and Yevgeny Zamiatin, his approach reflecting a period when they were primarily thought of and treated ...

Invention

This thematic topic is closely linked to that of Discovery (which see), but has a considerably broader scope since sf inventions are not necessarily based on brand-new discoveries but can result from a synthesis of existing principles by Scientists, Mad Scientists, or (frequently) a Common Man with a lucky insight. Further entries with substantial discussion of inventions include Edisonade, Imaginary Science, Machines, Power Sources, Prediction, Technology and Transportation. There is also a ...

Ascher, Maurice

(1873-1965) German author, much of his nonfiction being studies in Judaism and Jewish issues. He is of sf interest for Gulliver's Neue Reise ["Gulliver's New Journey"] (1915), a Fantastic Voyage tale based on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), Gulliver in this case being an aviator who makes a crash-landing on an unknown Island. Here he finds two separate Utopias, Risolia and Pleuresia, whose solutions to human life are subjected to some Satire. [JC]

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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