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Gautier, Théophile

(1811-1872) French author, a leading figure in the Romantic movement; father of Judith Gautier. Many of his works, including the lushly erotic Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835) – which is prefaced by his manifesto for "l'art pour l'art" – are so self-consciously exotic as to qualify as borderline fantasies even though without supernatural content [for fuller entry on Gautier see The ...

Beatty, Paul

(1962-    ) US poet and author whose fictions comprise a deeply Satirical and hilarious anatomy of "Post-Racial America", a land where DWB (Driving While Black) is not a technical offense. The astronomically popular poet who narrates The White Boy Shuffle (1996) – his first collection, Watermelanin, has sold 126,000,000 copies – copes with an absurd but recognizable California (his ...

Jackson, Charles Loring

(1847-1935) US chemist, influential academic and author, whose The Gold Point and Other Strange Stories (coll 1926) contains several sf tales, including "The Cube", about an amoeba-like Monster capable of imitating human form and Identity Transfer, and "An Undiscovered Island in the Far Sea", in which two strange interrelated intelligent species are discovered on a Pacific Island. ...

Victoire, Camila

(?   -    ) Canadian author, in Australia for a considerable period, currently resident in Canada. Her first novel, the Young Adult Blood Circus (2023), depicts the distant Near Future presence of a new species of humanoid, which may save or terminate Homo sapiens after centuries of planetary devastation caused by global warming (see ...

Hunter, Bluebell Matilda

Working name of Matilda Angela Antonia Hunter (1877-1960), a UK businesswoman – her turn-of-the-century typewriting bureau serviced William Butler Yeats and other writers – and author who published under various names. Those identified include George Lancing and John Guildford. Books of sf interest include Infamous Conduct (1934) as by George Lancing, a Near Future tale dealing with dilemmas in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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