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Kingston, W H G

(1814-1880) UK author, almost solely for boys from 1850, more than 100 of his novels being juveniles, many of which expose his evangelical convictions; of these two are sf interest: Mark Seaworth: A Tale of the Indian Ocean (1852), a Lost Race tale; and At the South Pole: Or, the Adventures of Richard Pengelley, Mariner (1870), where the climate is unexpected. From 1853 until his death he was married to Agnes Kinloch Kingston, whose translations of Jules Verne and Johann Wyss were published ...

Norden, Eric

Pseudonym of US author Eric Pelletier (1899-1979), who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Primal Solution" in Cavalier for January 1968, in which a Jewish scientist develops mental Time Travel, inhabits the mind of Hitler and tries to get him to commit suicide – unsuccessfully, creating instead within Hitler his hatred for Jews. Norden assembled his short work in Starsongs and Unicorns: Journeys Through Time and Space (coll 1978). His novel, The Ultimate Solution (1973), ...

Pohlman, Edward

(1933-    ) Indian-born author, in the USA from an early age, whose sf novel, The God of Planet 607 (1972), attempts with moderate success to fuse Religion and Space Opera. [JC]

Berington, Simon

(1680-1755) UK author, apparently a Catholic priest, the author for reasons only partly didactic of one of the first Lost World novels in the literature; it is probably the first to suggest that the lost race in question may be Ancient Egyptians. Published anonymously, the book is described on the title page as a translation from the Italian. Its title, which is long, constitutes a synopsis: The Memoirs of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca: Taken from His Confession and Examination Before the Fathers of ...

Milford Science Fiction Writers' Conference

1. Annual writers' workshop founded in 1956, held at Milford, Pennsylvania, where several sf authors – including one of the Milford founders, Damon Knight – lived at various times. (A writers' workshop – see also Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop – includes sessions of mutual criticism of not yet published stories, interspersed with discussion groups on various professional problems.) The success of Milford, especially the camaraderie it inspired, was directly ...

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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