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Folingsby, Kenneth

The possible pseudonym of a probable Scotsman (?   -    ) whose Meda: A Tale of the Future (1891) – though the events it recounts turn out to be a dream experienced during a four-month trance – remains of some sf interest for the imaginative scope of the 5575 CE Utopia depicted, in which large-headed brainy "Scotonians" are fed by ambient electricity, possess Antigravity, and represent the end of a long (and detailed) world-history, including a ...

Redfinn, Michael

(?   -    ) US author of Being (1988), an sf novel in which UFOs are proved to exist, justifying general Paranoia, as there has been a conspiracy to conceal them. [JC]

Manvell, Roger

(1909-1987) UK author, mostly on aspects of World War Two and on the cinema – including The Animated Film: With Pictures Taken from the Film "Animal Farm" by Halas & Batchelor (1954 chap) (see George Orwell), a study of the first feature-length animated film to be made in the UK. His sf novel, The Dreamers (1958), is a tale of revenge via a dream transmitted to the intended victim by African tribesmen. A borderline-sf explanation involved ESP is given as an alternative to the obvious ...

MacLeod, Angus

(1906-1978) Scottish author of fiction and plays for Radio. His sf novels are The Body's Guest (1958), in which a yoga machine built by an Indian physicist switches identities (see Identity Exchange) between nine Scots and a bull, with mildly amusing results, and The Eighth Seal (1962), set on a Scottish Island where a Mad Scientist is involved in a scheme to leucotomize the human race, whether in order to save or to damn it being unclear. [JC/PN]

Coon, Susan

Pseudonym of US author Susan Plunkett (1945-    ), author under her own name of several romance novels, including contributions to Jove Books's Time Passages multi-author sequence of Timeslip and Time Travel romances; as Coon, she wrote the Living Planet sequence – comprising Rahne (1980), Cassilee (1980), The Virgin (1981) and Chiy-Une (1982) – which skids rather loosely about a Galactic-Empire setting, only to terminate in an abrupt and complicated ...

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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