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Burnaby, Fred

(1842-1885) UK soldier, traveller and author, almost exclusively of travel books retailing his own exploits in Turkey, Russia and elsewhere; his sf novel, Our Radicals: A Tale of Love and Politics (1886 2vols), was posthumous. He was co-founder of the magazine Vanity Fair, and his life and opinions combined broad hints of Decadence and a flamboyant high toryism. All of this is reflected in his one work of fiction, a Near Future political drama and polemic in which the British abandon their ...

Trenholm, Hayden

(circa 1955-    ) Canadian teacher, publisher, playwright and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Red Tide" (in Tesseracts6, anth 1997, edited by Carolyn Clink and Robert J Sawyer); he won Aurora Awards (see Awards) for "Like Water in the Desert" (August 2007 Challenging Destiny) and for "The Burden of Fire" (June 2010 Neo-Opsus Science Fiction Magazine). His first novel, the Near Future A Circle of Birds (1993 chap), is a meditation on loss and Amnesia ...

Ross, Leone

(1969-    ) UK author, in Jamaica 1975-1990, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Phonecall to a London Rape Crisis Center" in Burning Words, Flaming Images: Poems and Short Stories by Writers of African Descent (anth 1996) edited by Kadija Sesay. Most of her subsequent fiction has been nonfantastic, though her third novel, This One Sky Day (2021; vt Popisho 2021), set in the imaginary Caribbean Archipelago of Popisho, is fully immersed in the water margins of ...

LaMaster, Slater

(1890-1936) US playwright and author whose Cupid Napoleon (7-28 January 1928 Argosy All-Story Weekly as "Luckett of the Moon"; 1934) purports to be a Planetary Romance but turns out to be a hoax perpetrated by Napoleon Bonaparte Luckett in the Near Future; the intended Satirical effects of the tale are seriously jumbled. The Phantom in the Rainbow (30 December 1928-2 February 1929 Argosy All-Story Weekly; 1929), about a man with paranormal powers, is marginal as sf. [JE/JC/DRL]


Item of terminology borrowed by sf writers from theoreticians of future Technology, and increasingly popular in sf from the late 1980s. It seems to have been first used by K Eric Drexler in 1976, and popularized by him in his highly optimistic book on the subject, Engines of Creation (1986). / Nanotechnology – the term loosely combines "nano", the SI (metric system) prefix denoting 10-9, with "technology" – means the technology of the very small indeed. The term microtechnology ...

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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