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L'Estrange, Miles

Pseudonym – which can be translated as Unknown Soldier – of an unidentified late-nineteenth-century UK author (?   -    ) whose What We Are Coming To: A Forecast (1892) describes in Satirical terms its narrator's response to a secular, "progressive" England where women have been emancipated (see Women in SF) and the currency has been decimalized. [JC]

Wylwynne, Kythe

Pseudonym of UK journalist and author M E F Hyland (?   -?   ) whose Lost Race tale, The Dream-Woman: A Tale (1901), employs fantasy-like dreams to convey the nature of life Under the Sea in a recently discovered ancient City. Hyland was female. [JC]

Davies, Gruff

(1970-    ) UK software designer, entrepreneur and author, developer of Kwiziq, a "language coach" for communicating with and instructing AIs. He is of sf interest for The Looking Glass Club (2010), which examines the consequences, twenty-five years into the Near Future, of a 2010 experiment in reality-manipulation (see Perception; Virtual Reality); elements of Time Travel, slippages into Parallel Worlds and inputs from a possible Secret Master in New York conjugate a tale ...

Vinge, Joan D

(1948-    ) US author, with a degree in anthropology from San Diego State University; she has been married twice, to Vernor Vinge 1972-1979 and to Jim Frenkel from 1980. She began publishing sf with Tin Soldier (in Orbit 14, anth 1974, ed Damon Knight; 1990 chap dos), whose theme (like much of her later work) is taken from fairy tale or Mythology and rewritten in sf terms, the source in this case being a story by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Before she began to ...

Stivers, Carole

(?   -    ) US biochemist and author The Mother Code (2020), set in a Near Future world devastated by a Pandemic originating as an unintended consequence of experiments in biowarfare, and other Disasters. The planet is so poisoned that the only chance for the survival of Homo sapiens seems to be the implantation of Genetically Engineered foetuses, immune to the plague, into the "wombs" of human-shaped AI-driven flying Robots (see Mecha), which will raise the ...

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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