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Busch, Niven

(1903-1991) US screenwriter and author, active in Hollywood from the early 1930s and best known as a writer for the effectively erotized, soon-filmed Western Duel in the Sun (1944); he is of sf interest for The Titan Game (1989), a Technothriller set in the very Near Future; the tale's protagonist, unwilling inheritor of his father's Weapons industry, becomes embroiled in intrigue and violence as the killer Robot his father had created becomes increasingly desired by "defense" industries on all ...

Goodman, Arthur

(?   -1965) US playwright in whose Alternate History play, If Booth Had Missed: A Drama of the Reconstruction Period (performed 13 May 1931 Craig Theatre, New York; 1932), the Jonbar Point is as indicated in the title. Lincoln is subsequently impeached for continuing to attempt to create a better union, and on being found not guilty is duly assassinated. [JC]

Savage, Richard

Pseudonym of UK author Ivan Roe (1917-1976) for his thrillers – including The Horrible Hat (1949), in which a psychoanalyst/detective explains strange manifestations – and his sf novel, When the Moon Died: A Modern Novel of Science and Imagination (1955), whose telling involves an exceedingly complicated frame: far-future Aliens visit a dead Earth to listen to a tape whose long-dead narrator has discovered how, long before, a nuclear Holocaust was prevented by Scientists who ...

Hodge, T Shirby

Pseudonym of US author Roger Sherman Tracy (1841-1926). His sf novel, The White Man's Burden: A Satirical Forecast (1915), is set in 5000 CE, by which period the warlike and primitive white races (see Race in SF) have been restricted to North America while, in Black-dominated Africa, anarchism and scientific genius have generated a Utopian world. A white Invasion suffers ignominious defeat, and the narrator – a (white) interloper from the twentieth century, whose incredulous response to ...

Edison, David

(1977-    ) US author whose projected Waking Engine series, beginning with Waking Engine (2014), complexly mixes several sf and fantasy topoi. Though it is possible to read the first novel as an Urban Fantasy set in an Afterlife world [for Afterlife and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], it can also be understood as being set in a Multiverse accessible to humans only after their first death, with that first death, and any deaths that might ...

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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