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Hazel, Paul

(1944-    ) US author whose Finnbranch Trilogy makes use of some sf devices, though it is primarily a Celtic fantasy about a hero – and underworld god – named Finn, told in a dense, difficult style which nevertheless has very considerable power. The first two volumes, Yearwood (1980) and Undersea (1982), are moderately orthodox, though recounted with unconventional intensity, but the third, Winterking (1985), is set in an Alternate-History version of a ...

Bigg, Henry Robert Heather

(1853-1911) UK medical doctor and author of The Human Republic (1891), whose protagonist miniaturizes himself (see Miniaturization) into a white corpuscle; this conveyance then guides him through the Utopian landscape of the human body, which Bigg thinks of as a Republic. [JC]

Siegel, Richard

(1955-2018) US illustrator, Comics artist, filmmaker and author whose one sf novel is Alien Plague (1979) as by Stephard Noir, in which a medical Disaster is sourced to the Outer Planets. Under his own name, he is best known for an sf Satire framed as a photo-documentary, The Extraterrestrial Report: The First Fully Documented Account Exposing the Awful Danger from Beyond (graph 1978) with John H Butterfield, which spoofs various Paranoias, including UFO "sightings". The nonfiction Alien ...

Wells, Martha

(1964-    ) US author most of whose career has been dedicated to fantasy [a highly selected Checklist appears below], beginning with the Ile-Rien sequence whose first volume, The Element of Fire (1993; rev 2006), applies some tropes from the Fantasy of Manners toolkit [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to colour in a tale of Magic. The second series in the overall sequence, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy beginning with The Wizard Hunters (2003), brings ...

Deese, Isadora

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult Roan and Judge Gorey sequence beginning with Right of Capture (2016) is set in a Near Future world transmogrified – and our reality opened to other Dimensions – by a mysterious Power Source seemingly embedded, perhaps as a result of Genetic Engineering, into the persons of two antagonistic teenagers. An international corporation shows an inimical interest. A physicist who disdains the world is persuaded also ...

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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