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May, Elizabeth

(?   -    ) US author, resident for some time in Scotland, who began to publish work of genre interest with The Falconer (2013), opening the Falconer/Aileana Kameron sequence of Young Adult historical fantasies featuring fairies and tinged with Steampunk. Of direct sf relevance is the Feminist Space Opera sequence Seven Devils opening with Seven Devils (2020) with Laura Lam [whom see for details]. / This author should not be confused with the Elizabeth May ...

Joshi, S T

(1958-    ) Writer, critic, publisher and editor best known for his bibliographic and critical work on H P Lovecraft. Born in India, S T Joshi emigrated with his family to Illinois in 1963. After graduating from Brown University in 1980 and obtaining an MA degree there in 1982, Joshi left two years into his PhD under a Paul Elmer More fellowship in classical philosophy and in 1984 obtained an editorial position at Chelsea House Publishers, where he worked closely with Harold ...

Crofton, Francis Blake

(1842-1911) Irish-born librarian and author, in Canada from 1864 (with a decade in the US) until his retirement as librarian of the Nova Scotia provincial legislature 1in 1906 and his subsequent move to England. His nonfiction work in bibliography is of some importance; of his fiction, he is of moderate sf interest for two volumes of Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The Major's Big-Talk Stories (coll of linked stories 1881) is less exorbitant than Hairbreadth ...

Anglin, Norman

(1891-1944) UK poet and playwright who served in World War One; his Near Future play Poison Gas (1928) dramatizes the issue of Poison gas, its use (via Weather Control devices), and hopes of its prevention, a topic much discussed in the years after the War. Tragically, in a strife-torn starvation-prone 1950, a guilt-ridden industrialist fails to prevent Disaster, and inadvertently initiates World War Two. [JC]

Cooper, Richard

(1930-1998) UK author, mostly of scripts for children's television series, including Code Name Icarus (1984), a very Near Future tale about the exploitation of gifted children which he novelized as Code Name Icarus (1984), and Knights of God (1987), which he novelized as Knights of God (1987); the story is set in the year 2020, in an England ruled by a narrow theocracy whose leader is named, significantly, Mordrin. In the event, a group of young protagonists manages to bring back the Royal ...

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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