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Duffy, Maureen

(1933-    ) UK author several of whose books focus on London, including Capital (1975), a complex set of era-switching meditations – including a Neanderthal man's thoughts about the future – on the deep mythos of the city. The novel influenced (as he has acknowledged clearly) Michael Moorcock's Mother London (1988), and similar later works by Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd. In general Duffy's novels tend to explore marginalized figures, many of them women viewed ...

Blaine, John

Pseudonym of US author Harold Leland Goodwin (1914-1990) who specialized in sf-adventure novels for teenage readers. His books tended to emphasize the nuts and bolts of science and technology, and were more carefully written than most series books for teens. As Blake Savage he also wrote an sf novel for teens, Rip Foster Rides the Gray Planet (1952; vt Assignment in Space with Rip Foster 1958; vt Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet 1969). The protagonist is a newly graduated lieutenant ...

Chambers, Stephen

(?1981-    ) US author who began publishing sf with his Hope sequence of tales comprising Hope's End (2001) and Hope's War (2002), a colony planet whose technology (the backstory is moderately complex) is at about the level of medieval Western Europe. The Planetary Romance glow this setting gives off is darkened through the genuine difficulties experienced by the young protagonist Vel in his coming-of-age, and by a sense of the inevitability of infighting and Realpolitik ...

Friedlaender, Kurt

(1899-?   ) German-born author, in Sweden from 1933, author of several essays and books on Russian literary figures. His Gulliver story, written but apparently not published in German and purporting to be translated from a fictitious English original narrated as usual by Lemuel Gulliver, is «Gullivers Reise in Hitlers Drittes Reich» ["Gulliver's Travels in Hitler's Third Reich"]. This appeared in Swedish as En resa till Springistan ["A Voyage to Springistan"] (trans ...

Evans, Christopher

(1931-1979) UK psychologist and computer scientist perhaps best known for his nonfiction books Cults of Unreason (1973) – a witty and surprisingly sympathetic study of various aspects of Pseudoscience, in particular UFO cults and Scientology – and The Mighty Micro: The Impact of the Computer Revolution (1979; rev vt The Mighty Micro: The Impact of the Micro-Chip Revolution 1980). His enthusiasm for sf brought him into contact with the field at several points; he was billed as ...

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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