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Berthoud, S Henry

(1804-1891) French editor, amateur academic and author, active from the early 1820s, who gave his first name as Henry for literary work; his first significant book, Contes misanthropiques ["Misanthropic Tales"] (coll 1831), assembles very early examples of the conte cruel, along with various supernatural fictions, sometimes evocative of the work of E T A Hoffmann. Along with examples of this material, stories of some sf interest are assembled as Martyrs of Science; And Other Victims of Devilry ...

Doxey, William

(1935-2017) US academic and author, known in sf terms solely for an unremarkable Near Future tale, ESPionage (1979). [JC]

Swedin, Eric G

(1965-    ) US author whose first novel, When Angels Wept: A What-If History of the Cuban Missile Crisis (2010), is an alternate world Future History of America from the Jonbar Point which engines it – America's failure to detect Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba sets off World War Three – and through the Post-Holocaust period immediately following the devastation. It won the Sidewise Award for 2010. / Swedin's next novel, Anasazi Exile: A Science Fiction Novel ...

Berger, Harold L

(1923-2013) US academic and critic, a professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Hartford until his retirement in 1986. His Science Fiction and the New Dark Age (1976) is a study of Dystopian sf, taking in Genre SF as well as such Mainstream Writers of SF as Aldous Huxley and Michael Young. The book is useful though not incisive. [PN]

Rochon, Esther

(1948-    ) Canadian author, born Esther Blackburn, who began publishing sf with "L'Initiateur et les étrangers" ["The Initiator and the Strangers"] for Marie-Françoise in 1964, for which she had tied with Michel Tremblay for first prize in the story section of the Jeunes Auteurs de Radio-Canada competition; she continued publishing stories frequently, and cofounded the journal imagine ... (see Canada) in 1979, serving as co-editor until 1981, publishing ...

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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