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Kranz, E Kirker

(1949-    ) US teacher and author of The Clouded Mirror (1971), a Time Travel tale featuring a Time Machine that remains physically immobile, though the worlds revealed, as the traveller passes hither and yon, vary widely. [JC]

Stone, Mrs C H

Working name of US author Margaret Manson Barber Stone (1841-1913); her sf novel, One of "Berrian's" Novels (1890), is set in the distant Near Future world described by Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888), and is presented as a tale told by Berrian, a novelist who is a character in that Utopia. The tale itself does not dispute Bellamy's restrictive views of the role ...

Paris, John

Pseudonym of UK diplomat and author Frank Trelawny Arthur Ashton-Gwatkin (1889-1976), who specialized in Japanese affairs through much of his earlier professional career, though the publication of his first novel, Kimono (1921), with its negative assessment of Japanese culture, curtailed his influence in the Far East, though his career advanced in the UK, where he retired as minister of HM diplomatic missions in 1947. The Island Beyond Japan (1929) is a ...

Sayre, David

Working name of US engineer and author David Sayre Dayton (?   -    ) whose sf novel, The Great Improbability: An Autobiographical Mystery by the People of Earth (2010), a disquisitional tale, sufficiently personalized to count as fiction, in which six representative humans describe the enlightened future (see Utopia) they, lovingly, inhabit. He should not be confused with the American crystallographer David Sayre ...

Web, The

A 1997-1999 Shared-World enterprise of twelve novella-length Cyberspace adventures for Young Adults, set in the numerous Virtual Realities of an imagined Internet twenty years in the future – that is, 2027-2028. Participating authors, each contributing one title except where indicated, were: Stephen ...

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 ...

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