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Cruso, Solomon

(1887-1977) US realtor, financier and author; at the end of the 1920s he seems to have been involved in a Ponzi scheme which soon collapsed. He wrote three sf novels told in terms of a Future History perspective some centuries hence, but all disfigured to modern taste through the intense racism of the narrative. In The Last of the Japs and the Jews (1933), a moderately Near Future world war climaxes in 1987 ...

Kagan, Janet

(1946-2008) US author who began publishing sf with "Faith-of-the-Month Club" (1 February 1982 Analog), as by Anon., and who won a 1993 Hugo Best Novelette Award for "The Nutcracker Coup" (December 1992 Asimov's). Her first sf book was a Star Trek Tie, Uhura's Song (1985), reckoned to be one of the better novels attached to that enterprise. Her ...

Touno Mamare

Pen-name of Daisuke Umezu (1973-    ), a Japanese author whose work sits in playful opposition to many tropes of Pulp fiction in the 2010s. Originally posted in serial form online in 2009 as by "Marmalade Sand", his Maōyū (Maō Yūsha – literally, "Demon King and Hero") series begins where most stories end with the confrontation of a human hero and a demon overlord at the culmination of ...

Baker, Tim

(?   -    ) Australian-born journalist and author, mostly resident in France. His first novel, Fever City (2016), is an Alternate History tale set primarily in Los Angeles (see California), where the protagonist, a noirish detective, becomes involved first in a kidnapping and then in the assassination of John F Kennedy. The interactions between the two, and consequential ...

DeMille, Nelson

(1943-    ) US author of several Technothrillers in collaboration – originally anonymously – with Thomas H Block. The collaboration is made explicit only in the revised version of Block's first book, Mayday (1979; rev 1997 as by Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille). These tales all hover at the edge of genuine sf; of these, two are of particular interest: 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 ...



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