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Danforth, Mildred E

(1900-1985) US author of the routine First Contact tale, From Outer Space (1963). [JC]

Willmot, Eric

(1938-2014) Australian author whose Near Future sf novel, Below the Line (1991), describes the consequences of an Indonesian Invasion: Australia is broken into two Dystopias, as most Australians view this outcome, and run on Asian rules. The narrative itself expresses relatively little alarm – Willmot was of Aboriginal birth – and the ending is optimistic. [JC]

Rowe, J W

(?   -?   ) US author of The Secret of Stonehenge: A New Thought Story (1913), in which it is discovered that the Lost Race that built Stonehenge boasted both occult powers and high Technology. [JC]

Dime-Novel SF

Dime-novel sf, which was almost wholly boys' fiction, appeared in two media: serially in such Boys' Papers as Golden Hours, Happy Days, The Boys of New York and Young Men of America, or as complete stories in series publications like The Wide Awake Weekly, The Boy's Star Library, New York Five Cent Library, the Frank Reade Library and The Nugget Library. The most important publishers were Frank Tousey, Publisher, Norman L Munro and Street & Smith. / Formats varied considerably, from ...

Döblin, Alfred

(1878-1957) German physician and author who began publishing before World War One, in which he served as a physician; in exile because of his Jewish background 1933-1945. Die Ermordung Einer Butterblume und andere Erzählungen ["The Murder of a Buttercup"] (coll 1913; exp 1962; trans Damion Searles as Bright Magic 2017) assembles hectic fantasies and parables, some powerful. In the surreal abruptions and mechanized distortions of its "epic" narrative structure, Döblin's first novel, ...

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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