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Areton, Emil Cohen

(1951-    ) US author of The New Atlanteans: A Science Fiction Novel Based on Our Past and Future (1994), in which survivors from Atlantis have complex effects upon twentieth-century history. [JC]

Rhodes, H Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of Where Men Have Walked: A Story of the Lucayos (1909), a complex Lost Race whose protagonist – trapped after dark adventures on a mysterious Island – spelunks deep Underground, where a strange figure Timeslips by trance backwards to a much earlier age, where an electricity-worshipping Utopia, which may possibly be Atlantis, eases existence for its citizens; after awakening (or coming back to the present), the protagonist leaves ...

Metaphysics

One of the qualities of sf that sometimes baffles new readers is the relative infrequency, despite its label, with which it deals with the hard sciences; indeed, sf deals as often with metaphysics as with Physics. This is not an accidental or a recent development; the exploration of metaphysical questions has been central to sf at least since the time of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831). This centrality was not thereafter abandoned: it recurs in the ...

Hallen, A L

(?   -?   ) UK author whose Angilin: A Venite King (1907) is among several novels by early writers that prefigure the Planetary Romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs, though without the flair. The planet in question is Venus; the protagonist is an Earthman who transports his psyche there in an attempt to find his dead love, and finds himself inhabiting the soul of the eponymous king of Venus (see Identity Transfer). The plot is ornate and dynastic, and Airships are used ...

Sternbergh, Adam

(?   -    ) Canadian-born editor and author, in USA for several years; based in New York, the setting of his first novel, Shovel Ready (2014), a slightly retro Cyberpunk noir thriller set in a Dystopian Near Future. Terrorist attacks and Climate Change have partially depopulated the great City. The protagonist, a professional assassin, hired to kill a young woman, baulks. An addictive Virtual Reality threatens. A sequel may be expected. The tale, which ...

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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