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Henningsen, Charles Frederick

(1815-1877) UK-born soldier and author of Swedish parentage, active in the former capacity in Spain, Russia, Hungary, Nicaragua and Grenada, rising to the rank of brigadier-general in the army of one of these countries, though it has not been determined which; he had emigrated to the United States by 1851, where he helped wage military campaigns intended to extend the practice of Slavery throughout Central America, and eventually fought on the Confederate side in the Civil War. His sf novel, ...

Trevor, Michael

(?   -    ) UK author of a Lost World tale Inca City (1947) whose young protagonists, having found an Incan talisman, end up in the eponymous forgotten City, where they excitingly become prisoners. [JC]

Wells, Angus

(1943-2006) UK author, previously a paperbacks editor, most of whose novels were seventy-five Westerns as by William S Brady, Matthew Kirk, Charles L Pike, James A Muir and J D Sandon, all published from 1975 to 1985; most of his remaining production was fantasy. Under the House Name Richard Kirk, which he shared with Robert P Holdstock, he contributed to the Raven fantasy series Swordsmistress of Chaos (1978) with Holdstock and, solo, The Frozen Gods (1978) and A Time of Dying (1979). Under ...

Pittock, Mrs M A Weeks

(1856-1915) US author of a Feminist Utopia, The God of Civilization: A Romance (1890), in which mutual false "gods" – the rigid ideals that define and divide the sexes – are transcended; something like sexual freedom ensues. [JC]

Ballard, S M

(?   -    ) US author, about whom nothing is known beyond his being credited with two volumes in the G I Joe series of Comics-based violent adventures (see below). [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. 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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