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Dickinson, Robert

(1962-    ) UK author whose first novel, The Noise of Strangers (2010), is Dystopia set in a very Near Future Britain dense with justified paranoia; the immediate setting is Brighton, where four couples maintain an increasingly precarious "ordinary" life in a Keep-like enclave; beyond is chaos and termination. The Schism (2013) infiltrates almost to the borders of Fantastika, but its depiction of deranged astrology does not ultimately trespass. But The Tourist (2016) is of ...

Synge, J L

(1897-1995) Irish physicist and author whose best-known nontechnical work of nonfiction is Science, Sense and Nonsense (1951). His novel, Kandelman's Krim: A Realistic Fantasy (1957), features a long conversation in which an Orc, a Kea, a Unicorn and a Plumber discuss the concept of infinity and instruct a passing Goddess in the foundations of Mathematics. [BS]

Safroni-Middleton, Arnold

A working name of the UK composer and author born George Arnold Haynes Middleton (1873-1950), who also signed some of his books Count Safroni or Count M Safroni. Under Many Names (1937; rev vt The Dreaming Skull 1948 as by A Safroni-Middleton) as by Count M Safroni is an sf novel whose protagonist conducts his interplanetary travels via thought waves, meeting en route an advanced Extraterrestrial civilization. [JC]

Moore, M Louise

(?   -?   ) US author who, with M Beauchamp, self-published anonymously a Hollow Earth tale, Al-Modad; Or, Life Scenes Beyond the Polar Circumflex: A Religio-Scientific Solution of Problems of Present and Future Life, by an Untrammeled Free-Thinker (1892), in which Al-Modad and a companion arrive in a subterranean Lost World under the Arctic, which they find to be a Utopia governed on socialist principles. In the absence of Christian strictures, nudity is ...

Charbonneau, Joelle

(1974-    ) US author almost exclusively of work for Young Adult audiences, her early series being nonfantastic. She is initially of sf interest for the Testing Trilogy beginning with The Testing Guide (1 April 2013; 2013 ebook) and The Testing (2013), set in a savagely devastated Near Future world whose only hope may reside in those adolescents who pass the Testing and are allowed to attend university, where they will be trained to save what is left of the planet. ...

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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