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Carr, John Dickson

(1906-1977) US author, mostly resident until 1948 in the UK, where many of his famous early detective novels, such as The Three Coffins (1935; vt The Hollow Man 1935), Death-Watch (1935) and The Ten Teacups (1937; vt The Peacock Feather Murders 1937) as by Carter Dickson, and others, are evocatively set. (However, some of his noteworthy early borderline-fantasy detections, such as The Waxworks Murder [1932; vt The Corpse in the Waxworks 1932 US], take place in France.) Early works such as It ...

Fryers, Austin

Pseudonym of UK trade unionist, playwright and author William Edward Clery (1861-1931), whose activism in his public life cost him more than one job for political reasons; his first novel of interest, The Devil and the Inventor (1900), bridges sf and fantasy (the term Equipoise, here normally used for works whose relationship to the genres they transact is retrospective rather than proleptic, could easily be applied to this tale): an amateur scientist enlists the aid of the devil – ...

Starforce: Alpha Centauri

Board and counter Wargame (1974). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by Redmond Simonsen. / Probably the first widely popular science fiction Wargame, Starforce is a game of non-lethal interstellar combat, played on a hexagonal grid map with cardboard counters. The game is set in a detailed Future History which features frequent conflicts between various human organizations and alien species, all of whom use a method of Faster Than Light travel which depends on rare psionically ...

Williams, Neil Wynn

(1864-1940) UK author, whose two volumes of his versions of Greek folklore, Tales and Sketches of Modern Greece (coll 1894) and the Bayonet That Came Before: A Vanity of Modern Greece (coll 1896), are of very modest interest. In his sf novel, The Electric Theft (1906), highly organized anarchists are abstracting bast amounts of electricity from a great plant in Athens but, more seriously, the mastermind and Villain Stavinsky has discovered a vast cavern under London, which he supercharges with ...

Nogaret, François-Félix

(1740-1831) French bureaucrat and author, intermittently prolific from around 1770 to 1830; he is of sf interest for Le Miroir des événements actuels, ou la belle au plus offrant, Histoire à deux visages ["The Mirror of Present Events, or, Beauty to the Highest Bidder: A Two-Faced Tale"] [for various versions see Checklist below] (1790 chap; trans Brian Stableford as "The Mirror of Present Events; Or, Beauty to the Highest Bidder" in The Mirror of Present Events and Other ...

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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