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Brophy, Brigid

(1929-1995) UK author whose first collection, The Crown Princess & Other Stories (coll 1953), contains a nostalgic fantasy, "Late Afternoon of a Faun", and whose second, The Adventures of God in His Search for the Black Girl (coll 1973), assembles a series of fables and Satires, also told as fantasies. Her first novel of interest is Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), an Apes as Human tale set in Regent's Park Zoo in very Near Future London, where the eponymous ape, under observation as a ...

Kersh, Gerald

(1911-1968) UK author, born in the county of Middlesex, despite stories that he was born in Russia; in the USA from the 1950s, becoming an American citizen; active from the mid-1930s. He was very prolific in shorter forms but is known mainly for such work outside the sf field as Night and the City (1938) and They Die with Their Boots Clean (1941). Many of his numerous short stories (some 400 were published, over 100 of them never collected in his lifetime) are sf or fantasy, often having their ...

Nelson, H J

(?   -    ) US author of Young Adult fiction; the young protagonist of her Last She sequence, beginning with The Last She (2016-2017 Wattpad; 2021), finds herself in a desolated and abandoned Near Future world, soon after a savage Pandemic has decimated the human population. Her survival and eventual absorption into a group of near-feral contemporaries can be seen in terms of Survivalist Fiction. [JC]

Rhodes, H Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of Where Men Have Walked: A Story of the Lucayos (1909), a complex Lost Race whose protagonist – trapped after dark adventures on a mysterious Island – spelunks deep Underground, where a strange figure Timeslips by trance backwards to a much earlier age, where an electricity-worshipping Utopia, which may possibly be Atlantis, eases existence for its citizens; after awakening (or coming back to the present), the protagonist leaves ...

Thought Experiment

In Physics, a thought experiment or Gedankenexperiment is a common means of exploring the implications of scientific assumptions without resorting to actual apparatus. Einstein's development of Relativity employed thought experiments about light signals exchanged between observers whose relative speed was a significant fraction of the speed of light, not easily attained by any real observer or (at that time) measuring device. The first conscious crafting of something like a thought experiment ...

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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