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Thompson, Joyce

(1948-    ) US author, often of works for children. Her first sf novel, The Blue Chair (1977), is set in an authoritarian Near Future where Immortality is restricted to those who have "earned" it; Conscience Place (1984) describes with quiet gravity an apparent Utopia hidden in the American West which is in fact populated by Mutant nuclear-Disaster victims. These people are threatened by the "need" of the Scientists who maintain the refuge to perform Genetic-Engineering ...

Sixbury, Glenn R

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Circles" in Four Moons of Darkover (anth 1988) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. His sf novel, Legacy (2002) is a Tie to the Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict Shared World sequence (see Earth: Final Conflict), which it closes. [JC]

Harting, Pieter

(1812-1885) Dutch polymath, immensely prolific in scientific fields such as biology, medicine and geology, and an early advocate of Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution. His one sf novel, Anno 2065: een blik in de toekomst (1865 chap; vt Anno 2070: een blik in de toekomst 1870 chap; trans Alex V W Bikkers as Anno Domini 2071 1871) as by Dr Dioscorides, posits a liberal world 200 years hence which is at peace, has new sources of power, and is highly industrious. [JC]

Thurlow, David

(1932-2021) UK journalist for various local papers, the Daily Express (for 26 years) and The Times; author of several thrillers and true crime books. His sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Sleepers (1980), set in a Near Future Dystopian Britain under control of the extreme Left; the only opposition remaining – which proves successful – is the eponymous underground society. [JC]

Expanded Horizons

US low-paying downloadable Online Magazine of Speculative Fiction, edited by D Ash (known as Dash) of Drums, Pennsylvania, and produced by J Cady (known as Jacie). Published monthly, with occasional gaps, since October 2008. It has been on hiatus since issue #60 (September 2018). / The magazine's stated mission is "to increase diversity in the field of speculative fiction" and provide a venue "so that under-represented minorities who tend to be represented unrealistically or negatively in ...

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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