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Ross, Raymond George

(?    -    ) US author whose sf novel Beyond the Chains of Bondage (1964) is set in a Chinese-dominated future USA. [JC/DRL]

Rodgers, Alan

(1959-2014) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Boy who Came Back from the Dead" in Masques #2 (anth 1987) edited by J N Williamson (1932-2005), a strongly moving fantasy tale later assembled with other work in New Life for the Dead (coll 1991). Rodgers's first novel, Blood of the Children (1989), is horror, but his second, Fire (1990), combines sf and horror in a Near-Future story in which a fundamentalist US President threatens a nuclear attack against the USSR ...

Easton, Thomas A

(1944-    ) US critic, author and biology teacher (he holds a PhD in theoretical biology) who is best known for the Reference Library book-review column he wrote for Analog from 1979 to 2008, where he covered a wide range of titles with strict fairness, though he was not often granted the room to delve deep; a selection of 250 individual reviews from the 1980s and 1990s was assembled as Periodic Stars (coll 1997). His first story was "Next" for Adam in 1974, and he has since ...

Crosskey, N J

(?   -    ) UK professional carer and author whose first novel, Poster Boy (2019), confronts its Young Adult cast with a very Near Future Dystopian UK, distinguished from the land of the time of its publication by the mandatory insertion of electronic chips in all citizens, and other typical manifestations of a right-wing surveillance state. The young begin to revolt. Overdrawn (2019) does not much vary in its depiction of the world surrounding the tale told, ...

Freeling, Nicolas

(1927-2003) UK author, long resident in Europe, best known for the Van der Valk detective series, featuring Piet Van der Valk, Commissaris in the Amsterdam police; he appeared in most of Freeling's earlier novels, though not in Gadget (1977), in which an abducted physicist is persuaded by his abductors to construct an atomic bomb; this tale segues into the Near Future. [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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