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Shannon, Samantha

(1991-    ) UK author whose Young Adult Paige Mahoney sequence – beginning with The Bone Season (2013), with six further volumes projected – is set in the Near Future of an Alternate History Britain, the Jonbar Point being the 1859 introduction of various forms of Magic, described in sf-like terms as Psi Powers; at points these powers may seem uneasily integrated into the public world, though the young protagonist, whose speciality is Dream Hacking, is part of ...

McWilliams, Kelly

(circa 1989-    ) US author whose second novel, the Young Adult Agnes at the End of the World (2020), follows its protagonist from her upbringing, in a Near Future Dystopian Keep-like enclave dominated by a fundamentalist cleric (see Religion), into the larger world beyond, which seems about to succumb to a deadly Pandemic. But Agnes is something like a mouthpiece for Gaia, and as a kind of plague-whisperer may become a saviour of the world. [JC]

Montague, Charles Howard

(1858-1889) US editor, journalist and author whose Two Strokes of the Bell: A Strange Story (1886) deals melodramatically with Amnesia in a supernatural frame. Of more sf interest is The Doctor's Mistake: Or What Myrta Saw: An Experiment with a Life (1888) with Clement Milton Hammond, where a complexly melodramatic plot – at least one Reincarnation seems to occur – boils down to an experiment in Identity Transfer which demonstrates the existence of the soul. [JC]

Noto, Cosimo

(circa 1871-?   ) Italian physician and author, in the US from about 1898 and practicing as a doctor in New Orleans from 1899, alive in 1914; his Utopia, The Ideal City (1903), carries a doctor and his interlocutor from the present-day city to the New Orleans of 1953, which has been transformed on socialist lines deeply influenced by the work of Edward Bellamy. The heart of the book comprises visits to parts of the city most likely to demonstrate the virtues of improved Medicine ...

Dobbs, Michael

(1948-    ) UK politician who has held various posts in the Conservative Party, and author of House of Cards (1989), a Near Future political thriller set in a UK reeling from the retirement of Margaret Thatcher. The book was filmed by the BBC as House of Cards (1990); it is only in the television version that the book's Machiavellian protagonist, Francis Urquhart (played by Ian Richardson), is given a catchphrase which became well-known: "You might say that – I ...

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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