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Bonner, Richard

(?   -?   ) US author of whom nothing is known beyond the fact that his name apparently refers to a real author (not always the case when American juvenile series are concerned). Although his Boy Inventors sequence is neither the first nor the most important of its category, his overall title has been used to describe various series of this sort (see Airship Boys; Radio Boys) – that is, the early twentieth-century Edisonade as composed for Young Adult ...

Betiero, T J

(?   -?   ) US occultist who founded the Society of Oriental Mystics in 1902, and author whose sf novel, Nedoure Priestess of the Magi (Revised Edition): An Historical Romance of White and Black Magic: A Story That Reveals Wisdom of the Ancient East (1916), attempts to rationalize the occultish version of Telepathy at its heart through the suggestion that the "Mind-Sender" that sends the thoughts in question is a Machine (see Pseudoscience; Psionics). No first ...

Ridley, Frank A

The usual working name of UK politician, freethinker and author Francis Ambrose Ridley (1897-1994), most of whose books were on historical subjects. The Green Machine (1926) as by F H Ridley, though clearly cavalier in its treatment of science – presenting as it does the eponymous bicycle as a Spaceship capable of interplanetary travel – interestingly sends its protagonist to tour a crowded solar system, landing first on Mars, where he finds an advanced civilization (see Life on ...

Norman, Donald N

Joint pseudonym of US authors Don Horan (?   -    ) and Norman Stahl (1931-    ), in whose Technothriller Thunder Station (1990), which is set in the very Near Future, America and the USSR come to the brink of committing advanced Weapons and starting World War Three. [JC]

Online SF Resources

No modern reference work can ignore the valuable online resources which have grown and proliferated since this encyclopedia's second edition in 1993. Wikipedia is generally the researcher's initial port of call, with its entries usually appearing in first place (and almost certainly on the first page) of results from any internet search. Though its depth of coverage of individual authors varies wildly, Wikipedia information on sf is often very voluminous, especially for topics with a popular ...

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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