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Wilson, William H

(1869-1915) US author whose sf novel Rafnaland: The Strange Story of John Heath Howard (1900) describes a voyage by Balloon to the North Pole, where the eponymous Lost World is discovered, inhabited by Vikings. Unusually, after falling in love with the local princess, the balloonist, while attempting to escape with his love, perishes. [JC]

Saha, Arthur W

(1923-1999) US research chemist and editor, early involved in Fandom as a member of the Futurians. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories sequence, started by Lin Carter in 1975, passed to Saha with The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #7 (anth 1981), and continued with The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #8 (anth 1982), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #9 (anth 1983), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #10 (anth 1984), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #11 (anth 1985), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #12 ...

Smith, Keith

(1917-2011) Australian radio and television broadcast and author, most famous as for his "Pied Piper" interviews with children; his sf novel, OGF: Being the Private Papers of George Cockburn, Bus Conductor, a Resident of Hurstfield, a Suburb of Sydney, Australia (1965), is a mild-mannered rather spoofish Satire set in the very Near Future of an erratically urbanizing Australia. [JC]

Jackson, G Gibbard

(1877-1935) UK author, usually of tales for boys on aeronautical subjects, and of nonfiction about air travel and other related topics; of sf interest is Arctic Air Terror (1937), a Lost Race tale set in the Yukon Territory. Within a caldera heated by volcanic action, a technologically advanced but priest-ridden civilization of "white Indians", originally from ancient Egypt, uses its helicopter-like airships and strange Weapons to attempt to protect its gold from the outer world. Unusually for ...

Pelton, Guy Cathcart

(1887-1965) Canadian-born author, in the US from 1923; his sf novella, An Atomic Visitor (1946 chap), is about an Alien from Venus who comes to Earth, and leaves. [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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