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Caselberg, Jay

Working name of Australian author James Caselberg (1958-    ), mainly resident in the UK from the 1980s; he began publishing work of genre interest with "Photosynthesis" for The Pedestal Magazine in 2001 as by James A Hartley. Both his surnames are real – the first being Caselberg; on remarriage his mother took the name of Hartley – though he now uses Caselberg only. His Jack Stein sequence – comprising Wyrmhole (2003), Metal Sky (2004), The Star Table ...

Alban, Antony

Pseudonym of UK author Anthony Allert Thompson (1939-    ) in whose first novel, Catharsis Central (1968), the population of Earth, after a devastating Disaster, is kept under sedation by a giant Computer, until this is destroyed by a resurgent humanity. His second novel, The Day of the Shield (1973), depicts a Dystopian America sheltered from the rest of the world – but only pro tem – by the eponymous Shield. [JC]

Brooks, Terry

(1944-    ) US lawyer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with The Sword of Shannara (1977), a heavily Tolkien-influenced Fantasy (as Brooks has freely acknowledged) which inaugurated both the Ballantine/Del Rey Books imprint and the lengthy, bestselling Shannara sequence for which Brooks is best known; part of this has been adapted for Television as The Shannara Chronicles (2016-current). A second and arguably less successful fantasy series is Magic ...

Hudson, W H

(1841-1922) Argentinian-born US naturalist and author, in England from 1875, a UK citizen from 1900. His fine quasi-Utopian novel of the Far Future, A Crystal Age (1887 anon; signed, with a new preface, 1906; cut recast vt Playthings of Desire: Strange New Pleasures in a Strange New World circa 1945-1950 chap) depicts small, self-sufficient, matriarchally organized households living in harmony with Nature. The protagonist, tragically, cannot adapt to their Pastoral way of life, nor to their ...

Ware, Danie

(?   -    ) UK publicity and events manager for a large bookshop, and author; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Recruit" in Vivisepulture: Weird Tales of Twisted Imagination (anth 2011 ebook) edited by Andy Remic and Wayne Simmons. She is of sf interest for the Ecko sequence beginning with Ecko Rising (2013), whose protagonist, a Genetically Engineered quasi-Superman whose rebellious exploits in a Near Future Dystopian London, which is ...

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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