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Morton, H V

(1892-1979) UK journalist from 1910 and author, in South Africa from 1947; best known for his many travel books, beginning with The Heart of London (1926). He is of sf interest for I, James Blunt (1942 chap), a Hitler Wins tale set in the near Near Future, and comprising the eponym's extremely grim diary in which he recounts the consequences of the German Invasion of England. [JC]

Wessex, Martyn

Pseudonym of UK author P F Little (?   -    ) for two sf novels written for Robert Hale Limited: The Slowing Down Process (1974), in which a space capsule returns to Earth with a dead astronaut and the seeds of a lethal Pandemic; and Chain Reaction (1976), where human fertility is endangered by the effects of a new Drug. [JC/DRL]

Gross, Philip

(1952-    ) UK poet – whose first collection, Familiars (coll 1983 chap), was well received – and author, mostly for Young Adult audiences, beginning with The Song of Gail and Fludd (1991), a surreal rite of passage tale whose two protagonists, questing aimlessly from venue to venue as though traversing an endless Archipelago, encounter exemplary fantasy and sf modes of life, including one Feminist Utopia; in the end, they seem to understand that life is a ...

Fantomah, Mystery Woman of the Jungle

US Comic strip created by Fletcher Hanks under the pseudonym Barclay Flagg. First appeared in Jungle Comics #2 (February 1940); last appearance in issue #51 (March 1944). The stories can be divided into three styles: original (issues #2-#15); jungle girl (#16-#26) and Egyptian queen (#27-#51). The first period, by some considerable margin, is the most interesting. / The original Fantomah's plots usually involve men arriving to exploit or harm the jungle; many are evil Scientists, including ...

Hancock, Anson Uriel

(1856-1895) US author whose Coitlan: A Tale of the Inca World (1893) describes an Incan civilization in Peru at the time of the Spanish conquest; their fate is intertwined with that of a doomed race of tiny humanoids with tails (see Apes as Human; Lost Race). Coitlan is a princess. [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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