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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

True, John Preston

(1859-1933) US author, mostly of historical novels; the eponymous meteor fragment, in The Iron Star and What It Saw On Its Journey through the Ages: From Myth to History (1899), which is written for older children, inspires or is in the vicinity of significant moments in the gradual Evolution of Homo sapiens, a voyage initially depicted in Prehistoric SF terms, later more mundanely. [JC]

Scanziani, Piero

(1908-2003) Swiss journalist and author active from around the late 1920s, several of whose novels are Fantastika, some being of sf interest. The protagonists of I cinque continenti ["The Five Continents"] (1942; rev 1983) visit a small Island which proves to be inhabited by the last survivors of Atlantis; the investigation of the nature of the life of the eponymous protagonist of ...

deFord, Miriam Allen

(1888-1975) US author, editor and feminist, who was active as a journalist and editor from 1912; married to the distinguished nonfiction author Maynard Shipley (1872-1934) from 1921; she worked as a researcher for Charles Fort between 1922 and his death in 1932; she was the San Francisco correspondent for the socialist Federated Press from 1921 to 1956, and a contributing editor to The Humanist. For the educational publisher Haldeman-Julius she wrote ...

Dye, Charles

(1925-1960) US author who served in the US Air Force during World War Two and began publishing sf with "The Last Orbit" in Amazing for February 1950. He was active for less than half a decade, soon publishing his only sf novel, Prisoner in the Skull (1952), in which ordinary Homo sapiens and a form of Superman engage in thriller-like confrontations. After its US publication this ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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