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Schuette, H George

(1850-1935) US author of Athonia; Or, the Original Four Hundred (1910; possible rev 1911), in which a series of pre-Columbian Utopias are described within a Club Story format, each of them being deemed a failure, though one Lost Race seems promising. The Grand Mysterious Secret Marriage Temple (1931) promulgates a society based on Eugenics. [JC]

Nichols, Robert [2]

(1919-2010) US poet and author of the Daily Lives in Nghsi-Altai sequence describing in fictionalized terms a pacific, agricultural, myth-driven Utopia, beginning with Red Shift: An Introduction to Nghsi-Altai (1977) with Peter Schumann and ending with Exile: Book IV of Daily Lives in Nghsi-Altai (1978). From the Steam Room: A Satire of Global Perspective on the Financial Ruin of New York (1993) is a Near Future Satire set in a bankrupt New York; the tale is told in a tone of hallucinated ...

Editorial Practices: Checklists

Checklists of published works are a new feature, added in this third edition of the encyclopedia. These include affiliate links and links to SF Gateway titles, both automatically added to italicized book titles by the website software and coloured as links in the ordinary way. Such links go to SF Gateway if the book is found there; otherwise, to the encyclopedia's generic shopping page allowing search of various online bookstores. / Entries for persons who have published relevant books ...

Strasser, Dirk

(1959-    ) German-born editor and author, in Australia from early childhood; co-founder of the magazine Aurealis in 1990, which he co-edited until 2001, taking on full editorship from 2011, when it became an Online Magazine; the two Anthologies of material reflecting his tenure are Aurealis: Australian Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Collector's Edition (anth 1992) with Stephen Higgins, and The Aurealis Mega Oz SF Anthology (anth 1999) with Stephen Higgins. / ...

Orr, Wendy

(1953-    ) Canadian-born author, mostly resident in Australia; of her novels for children and for the Young Adult market, one is of sf interest: A Light in Space (1994; vt Mind Blowing! 1994), in which a young lad with the gift of Telepathy finds himself in intimate communication with an Alien who, despite its seeming friendliness, is on Earth to evaluate the planet for exploitable natural resources. Orr's best known book, Nim's Island (1999), is nonfantastic. [JC]

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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