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(1866-1940) Australian journalist, politician and author, mostly in the US and UK before 1888, whose Near Future sf novel, The Coming Terror; Or, the Australian Revolution (1894 chap; vt Oliver Spence, the Australian Caesar: Or, the Coming Terror 1895 chap), expresses a fin de siècle sense of the fragility of White civilization; The Invasion of Australia (1920), a nonfiction description of Australia's vulnerability to Invasion, was equally downbeat. [JC]
Pseudonym of a UK author (? - ) whose identity has not been discovered, or possibly a Scion House Name; three crime novels were published under this name, and the unremarkable Sister Earth (1951), about a Counter-Earth on the other side of the Sun: '... because of the brilliance of the Sun's light, many astral bodies beyond it have never been seen from the Earth ...'. [JC]
(1924-2001) US editor and author whose New Day, Big World, Few People: A Novel of the Past and Future (1969) describes a Near Future world in which Overpopulation crises have been solved. [JC]
(1944- ) US author who began his sf career with orthodox stories like his first, "Song from a Forgotten Hill" for Clarion (anth 1971), edited by Robin Scott Wilson, and with the sf novel The Heirs of Babylon (1972), in which an authoritarian religious government takes over in the Post-Holocaust era. However, he soon became best known for his high Fantasy, especially the Dread Empire series, beginning with A Shadow of All Night Falling (1979), which was notable for its ...
(1950- ) Central-Africa-born author of illustrated books on mythology and folklore, and biographer of many sf/fantasy artists; in the UK for many years. He has contributed biographical and/or critical text commentary to art books by several artists with entries in this encyclopedia, including Bob Eggleton, Josh Kirby and Rodney Matthews. Greetings from Earth: The Art of Bob Eggleton (graph 2000), with Eggleton, won a Hugo award as best related book. [DRL]
(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 ...