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Stephens, Ann Sophia

(1810-1886) American author, who sometimes wrote as Mrs Ann S Stephens, and whose Malaeska: The Indian Wife of the White Hunter (February-April 1839 Ladies' Companion; 1860), was Number One in the Beadle's Dime Novels series, and was therefore the first dime novel (see Dime Novel SF). Also printed in that series, Mahaska: The Indian Princess: A Tale of the Six Nations (1863) and its sequel The Indian Queen (1864) are Lost Race tales, its eponymous half-white protagonist fulfilling an ancient ...

John, Elton

(1947-    ) UK singer-songwriter, prolific and enduringly popular. A characteristic John composition is a short, poppy love song, but he has recorded a small number of sf tracks, including: "Bad Side of the Moon" (on 11-17-70, 1971) about a remorseful convict in a Prison situated on the lunar dark side; "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)" (on Honky Château, 1972), a plaintive version of Ray Bradbury's short story "Rocket Man" and one of John's best ...

Wylie, Philip

(1902-1971) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Seeing New York by Kiddie Car" (1926 Zest). By World War Two he had become notorious for his flamboyant but penetrating surveys of American mores and behaviour; he coined the term "Momism" to describe a tendency among Americans to sacralize motherhood, thus making family dynamics and morality impenetrable to reflection (see Feminism). Of his non-sf works, he probably remains best remembered for Generation of Vipers (1942; ...

Peacock, Thomas Love

(1785-1866) UK businessman, poet and author, with the East India Company 1819-1856, active initially as a poet from before 1805; his first full-length fiction, Headlong Hall (dated 1816 but 1815), is a discussion novel or symposium, set in the Welsh country estate of Squire Harry Headlong ab-Rhaiader, the Gothic description of which is fantastically exaggerated; the tale features a series of monomaniacal talking heads, whose individual maggots govern their names and natures and their every ...

Scoggins, C E

(1888-1955) Mexican-born author, of American parents, in USA from an early age. Most of his work consists of adventure tales; of sf interest is the Colin O'Leary sequence comprising The House of Dawn (17 February-24 March 1934 Saturday Evening Post; 1935) fertile in the Amazonian hinterland, drain lake and find relics of a strange race and Lost Road (1941); in the first, O'Leary discovers an artificial lake far up the Amazon River which, when drained, reveals relics of a Lost Race, and in 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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