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Poyer, David C

(1949-    ) US author who has published non-genre work as David Poyer, and sf variously as David C Poyer, D C Poyer and David Andreissen. The Shiloh Project (1981) is set in the Near Future of an Alternate History in which the South had won the Battle of Gettysburg 120 years before. Star Seed (1982) as David Andreissen places within a context of exceeding grimness – Aliens have irrevocably poisoned Earth in an attempt to Terraform it for their own needs – a tale ...

Swan, Christopher

(1946-    ) US author whose Near Future tale of redemptive Ecology, YV88 (1977) with Chet Roaman, describes the transformation of the eponymous Yosemite Valley National Park by 1988 into an enclave no longer savaged by roads, rampant tourism, exploitation. A light railroad system replaces cars; the environmentally destructive O'Shaughnessy Dam. The vision was attractive, but as advocacy the book failed utterly. [JC]

Pellegrino, Charles R

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Oh, Miranda!" with George Zebrowski, for F&SF in September 1991. His first novel, Flying to Valhalla (1993), describes the first successful attempt at interstellar flight, accomplished through the Invention of an Antimatter drive. His second, The Killing Star (1995) with George Zebrowski, is a Hard SF tale that begins in what seems to be a successful Near Future for Homo sapiens, with the solar ...

Ralph, James

(1695-1762) American-born historian, controversialist and author, in UK from 1724; his Satirical play, The Astrologer (1744 chap) – remotely based on the mistaken-doubles comedy, Albumazar (1615), by Thomas Tomkis (circa 1580-1634) – targets the tropes and lunacies of what we now call Proto SF, as conveyed through its fatuous protagonists' attempts to make sense of the vision of Life on Other Worlds afforded by a new telescope. [JC]

Yoon, David

(circa 1972-    ) US author whose first two books are nonfantastic Young Adult tales; he is of sf interest for Version Zero (2021), which is set in a Near Future world. The protagonist of the tale, feeling victimized by the Media Landscape environment of his place of employment, takes revenge by attempting to reboot the Internet with the intention of improving the world. The consequences of unravelling contemporary life are subject to Satire. [JC]

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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