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Campbell, Spencer

(?   -?   ) UK author of Under the Red Ensign: A Story of England's Peril (1912), a Future War tale that pits Germany against Great Britain in 1916, mostly at sea. [JC]

Sanders, Scott Russell

(1945-    ) US teacher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Touch the Earth" for Edges (anth 1980) edited by Ursula K Le Guin; most of his work has been nonfiction, much of comprising nature studies set in America. His first novel, Terrarium (1985), is set in a Near Future America whose human population has retreated from the polluted world into domed Cities (see Keep); the tale neatly expresses some late-twentieth-century guilts and their redemption, ...

Jones, Mark

(?1947-2003) UK author of nonfiction about Russia and Communism [not listed below] and of a Technothriller, Black Lightning (1995), in which post-Communist Russia develops a gigantic electromagnetic-pulse Weapon called Molniya ["Lightning"] which is capable of shutting down Power Sources and Communications anywhere in Europe or America. Its ultimate use is however complicatedly thwarted, in part thanks to the ethical scruples of its inbuilt AI. [JC/DRL]

Ashwell, Pauline

Pseudonym of UK author Pauline Whitby (1926-2015), whose first book, Little Red Steamer (1941 chap), is a children's Fantasy, and who began writing sf at the age of fourteen with "Invasion from Venus" as Paul Ashwell for the small British magazine Yankee Science Fiction #21 in July 1942. Her real career, however, started with the stories she began to publish in Astounding as Pauline Ashwell, plus at least seven further stories appearing in that magazine as by Paul Ash. (She also published ...

Eliade, Mircea

(1907-1986) Romanian academic, in UK, Portugal and France from 1940, resident in the US from 1956, most famous as a philosopher of comparative religion [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], though he was a prolific author of fiction, much of it fantastic, from the publication of his first, precocious tale, "Cum am găsit piatr filosofală" ["How I found the Philosopher's Stone"] (1921 Ziarul Stiintelor Populare si al Calatorilor), until the beginning of the 1980s; much ...

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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