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Ashton, Francis Leslie

(1904-1994) UK analytical chemist, painter and author whose first sf novel, The Breaking of the Seals (1946), sets a psychic time-traveller into a prehistoric world (see Prehistoric SF) where primitive society ends in chaos with the breaking up of Bahste, Earth's then Moon; a deluge follows. Its thematic sequel, Alas, That Great City (1948), set in Atlantis, propounds a similar Disaster, with a new planet arriving to become the Earth's moon and sinking the continent. Wrong Side of the Moon ...

Hogan, Chuck

(1967-    ) US author of several novels, including The Blood Artists (1998), a Near Future medical Technothriller featuring the coming to consciousness within human bodies of a terrifying new virus. The Strain sequence beginning with The Strain (2009) with Guillermo Del Toro is supernatural horror. [JC]

Hatch, Gerald

Pseudonym of US fan and author Dave Foley (1932-1963), whose sf novel, The Day the Earth Froze (1963), was one of a series published by Monarch Books on similar themes, including Charles L Fontenay's The Day the Oceans Overflowed (1964) and Christopher Anvil's The Day the Machines Stopped (1964). [JC]

Moffat, W Graham

(1866-1951) UK author whose What's the World Coming To? (1893) with John White takes the form of a series of discussions, set in 2003 CE, of the various marvels which the twentieth century has seen. The tone is Satirical; the targets include Edward Bellamy, fictional Clichés such as crime detection by psychic means, and concerns such as Feminism. [JC]

Thwackius, Herman

Pseudonym of US author Jonas Clopper (?   -?   ), who may have been a clergyman; his Proto SF Satire, Fragments of the History of Bawlfredonia: Containing an Account of the Discovery and Settlement, of that Great Southern Continent: And of the Formation and Progress of the Bawlfredonian Commonwealth [for full subtitle see Checklist below] (1819), recounts at least two Fantastic Voyages to Australia, in the first of which the compassionate captain Fredonius does not ...

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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