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Morrill, Fred B

(1858-1949) US lawyer and author of a Utopia, Beyond the Horizon (1918), which begins with the depiction of Space Flight to another planet, where a benevolent, weaponless social order based on voluntary agreements among all. [JC]

Keefer, Lowell B

(1884-1971) US author of Visitors from Outer Space (1969), in which Aliens impact Earth. [JC]


This is the usual name given to an imagined planet within the orbit of Mercury, first proposed in 1859 by Urbain De Vernier to explain irregularities in Mercury's orbit (now understood to be an effect of Einstein's Theory of Relativity). Such a planet is observed in Donald W Horner's fanciful By Aeroplane to the Sun: Being the Adventures of a Daring Aviator and His Friends (1910), and ...

Hardart, F E

(1913-1992) US teacher, mechanical engineer and author, who published at least one item as Flossie Hardart during her short writing career. Her name has sometimes been given in error as Frank E Hardart. One of a relatively small number of female fans before World War Two (see Fandom; History of SF), she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Devil's Pocket" in Astonishing Stories ...

Yager, Jeff

(1990-    ) US author in whose Young Adult Near Future novel Atom and Eve (2013) a new Drug designed to fight a killer flu has significant side-effects (see Gender; Sex). Much is learned by the young protagonists. [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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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