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Nagayama Yasuo

(1962-    ) Japanese dentist and historian, author of several dozen works on varied non-genre or Equipoisal subjects, including true crime, youth culture and modern parenting. Nagayama rose to prominence in the field of sf criticism in the early twenty-first century, as editor of several compilations of early Japanese genre work (including a collection of Jūza Unno's stories), histories of Futures Studies and Future War fiction from the late nineteenth and early ...

McDougall, Walter H

(1858-1938) US publisher, Comics illustrator and political cartoonist (usually as Walt McDougall), and author whose first book of sf interest, The Unauthorized History of Columbus: Composed in Good Faith by Walt. McDougall (1890), spoofs the discovery of America in fantasticated terms. Of rather greater import is his second, The Hidden City; Or, the Strange Adventure of Eric Gilbert (1891; vt The Hidden City: Thrilling Adventures Among an Unknown Race 1903), a Lost Race tale which, very ...

O'Neal, James

Pseudonym of US law officer and author James O Born (1960-    ), who writes nonfantastic thrillers under his own name. As O'Neal, his Tom Wilner sequence, set in a partially uninhabitable Ruined Earth America after World War Three and associated Disasters, is of sf interest. In the first instalment, The Human Disguise (2009), the noir detective Wilner, who works in the Miami Quarantine Zone, a Keep it is very difficult to escape, discovers that Earth may have been ruled for ...

Bramwell, James

(1911-1995) UK playwright, teacher and author, who also wrote as by James Byrom; his Utopia, Going West (1935), is set on a Mediterranean Island newly created by a deity disgruntled with humanity's record and prospects; the story, uneasily Equipoised between genres, ends in disaster, and the Brave New World – William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1611; 1623) is a clear model for the experiment – sinks back into the sea. The nonfiction Lost Atlantis (1937) unfanatically ...

Chivers, Greg

(?   -    ) UK Television producer and author, active in the making of documentary programmes from around 2005. His first novel, The Crying Machine (2019), is set in a moderately distant Near Future Jerusalem, some time after World War Three has been succeeded by a further planetary conflict. Europe and America, in terms reminiscent of Cyberpunk visions of commandeered futures, are governed by AIs; Jerusalem is more primitive. The historical "Antikythera ...

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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