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Speight, T W

(1830-1915) UK railway company executive and author; of his many novels and tales, The Strange Experiences of Mr Verschoyle: Told by Himself and Edited by T W Speight (1901) is of sf interest as a tale of Identity Transfer, a technique utilized by a venomous young man to revenge himself on the family that had thwarted his marital ambitions. The Grey Monk (1895) is a ghost story. [JC]

Riddle, A G

(?   -    ) US internet start-up entrepreneur and author whose first series, the Origin Mystery sequence beginning with The Atlantis Gene (2013), complicatedly unravels a conspiracy involving secret knowledge of the Evolution of Homo sapiens via a possible Forerunner input channelled through Atlantis and, later, Nazis. The Extinction Files sequence beginning with Pandemic (2017) features a manufactured Ebola-like Pandemic which spreads rapidly, though ...

Lathrop, George Parsons

(1851-1898) Hawaiian-born author, in US from childhood; his nonfiction appreciation of Nathaniel Hawthorne, A Study of Hawthorne (1876), and his editing of editions of Hawthorne's work, was perhaps intensified by his marriage to the author's daughter in 1871. Lathrop is of sf interest for "In the Deep of Time" (3 March 1897 English Illustrated Magazine), a novella-length tale written "in Collaboration with Thomas A Edison", in which a young man awakens from Suspended Animation in the year 2200, ...

Latham, Rob

(1959-    ) US critic and editor, best known for his criticism of the New Wave and for his work as an editor for the journal Science Fiction Studies. / Hoping to become a professional science fiction writer, Latham attended the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop at Michigan State University in 1985. During the summer of 1986, Latham, who was already a fan, took a science fiction class from Robert A Collins at Florida Atlantic University and Collins soon recruited ...

Desmond, Shaw

(1877-1960) Irish author, poet, founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research in 1934, and author of many works on the afterlife and several Scientific Romances. Democracy (1919) predicts a Near Future revolution in the UK. The Dystopian Ragnarok (1926) envisages the destruction of civilization through a worldwide Future War fought by armies equipped with radio-controlled planes and poisonous gases, the narrative concentrating on the derring-do of futuristic fighter pilots. ...

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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