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Escott, T H S

(1844-1924) UK editor, of The Fortnightly Review 1882-1886, journalist and author, active from 1865; he published several volumes of nonfiction about the Victorian era and its major figures. Of sf interest is A Trip to Paradoxia and Other Humours of the Hour: Being Contemporary Pictures of Social Fact and Political Fiction (coll 1899), the title story of which describes a Fantastic Voyage to a Wonderland [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and other mild Satires set in the Near ...

Phylos the Thibetan

Pseudonym of US author Frederick Spencer Oliver (1866-1899), whose Zailm Numinos sequence – comprising A Dweller on Two Planets; Or, the Dividing of the Way (completed 1886; 1905) and An Earth Dweller's Return (1940) – braces its underlying Occultism [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] with some sf elements: the revelation of Atlantis Underground; and the perspective-changing reincarnations of the Atlantean protagonist here and on Venus who, en passant, predicts that ...

Allington, Patrick

(?   -    ) Australian journalist and author whose first novel, the nonfantastic Figurehead (2009), is a political thriller whose narrative develops the implications of the Pol Pot massacres in Cambodia from 1975. He is of sf interest for his second novel, Rise & Shine (2020), set in an abstract, desiccated Near Future world where, after catastrophic Ecological collapse (see Climate Change), only a rump of humanity remains alive, housed in the two ...

Spruill, Steven G

(1946-    ) US psychologist and author, who has also written as by Steven Harriman and Steve Lyon. In his first sf novel, Keepers of the Gate (1977; rev 1978), a complicated adventure tale rather in the mode of Keith Laumer, the alien Proteps of Eridani turn out to be an advanced form of Homo sapiens, and have been suppressing mankind's urge to the stars for selfish reasons; the generic cues for revelling in such a tale are deployed with some competence. He is best known for ...

Stabenow, Dana

(1952-    ) US author now best known for a nonfantastic private-investigator series, the Kate Shugak sequence set in the author's native Alaska. Her first fiction, however, was sf: the Star Svensdotter sequence comprising Second Star (1991), A Handful of Stars (1991) and Red Planet Run (1995), which describes the fraught Near Future expansion of Homo sapiens starwards, thwarted by hidebound militarism and bureaucrats. The initial venue is a Space Habitat whose administrator, ...

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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