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Walters, John Cuming

(1863-1933) UK editor, journalist and author, some of his copious nonfiction being devoted to the life and work of Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). Some of the spoofs in Sneape's Spirit and Other Fantasies and Stories (coll 1901) are of mild sf interest; The Great Victorian Imposture (1905 chap) is a Satire on Ignatius Donnelly. [JC]

Crane, Nathalia

(1913-1998) US poet, teacher and author, precociously active as a poet from childhood, beginning with the publication of her first collection, The Janitor's Boy and Other Poems (coll 1924 chap), which was much influenced by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886); Time magazine referred to her at this time as "The Baby Browning of Brooklyn". After publishing some further work she enjoyed a long career as an academic and political activist. Samuel R ...

Smaill, Anna

(1979-    ) New Zealand author whose first novel, The Chimes (2015), artfully conceals its distant Near Future setting in a London which may be viewed as a Dystopia, as it is oppressively guild-dominated and under something like a curse, which may be nothing more than the effects of twenty-first century global despoliation. At the same time, however, a detailed and subtle ...

Zamiatin, Yevgeny

(1884-1937) Russian author who graduated in naval engineering from St Petersburg Polytechnical Institute; his studies were interrupted by participation in the 1905 Revolution as a Bolshevik, prison and deportation (a sentence which was renewed 1911-1913). He began writing in 1908, withdrew from active politics, lectured at the Polytechnic Institute until his emigration, ran foul of the Tsarist censor in 1914, and built icebreakers in the UK 1916-1917. / Zamiatin wrote about forty volumes of ...

Joad, C E M

(1891-1953) UK philosopher, broadcaster and author, a senior civil servant during World War One, and thus exempt from service. His public loucheness and transgressive atheism, as well as a sustained advocacy of free love, are conspicuously manifested in Priscilla and Charybdis and Other Stories (coll 1924), the title story of which features the seduction of a young matron by a hairy flâneur who claims to be the ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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