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Shortt, Vere

(1874-1915) UK soldier and author who fought with distinction in South Africa and served as a Captain in World War One. His first novel, Lost Sheep (1915), uninterestingly incorporates some elements of black magic. He saw active service in France, dying in combat in 1915 before completing The Rod of the Snake (1917), which was completed by his sister Frances Mathews. The tale, a not entirely coherent, clottedly erotized occult romance, hints at sf through links to Atlantis understood in terms ...

Harrison, M John

(1945-    ) UK author and rock-climber, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Marina" for Science Fantasy #81 in February 1966 as by John Harrison; he was most closely identified in the 1960s with New Worlds, where he released his first sf story, "Baa Baa Blocksheep", in November 1968, and for which he later wrote some of the best tales using the Jerry Cornelius template, or Icon, from the series created by Michael Moorcock. He also wrote considerable criticism ...

Greenleaf, Sue

(?   -?   ) US author and Feminist who, given the setting of her only sf novel, has been identified as the Sue Greenleaf who was based in Fort Worth, Texas, and Saltillo, Mexico, and eventually in San Francisco. A copy of Liquid from the Sun's Rays (1901; vt Don Miguel Lehumada, Discoverer of the Liquid from the Sun's Rays 1906) is subtitled, possibly in the author's hand, «A Romance in Future Mexico and USA». A Mexican Scientist, whose name appears in ...

Brebner, Winston

(1924-2004) US author whose sf novel Doubting Thomas (1956) depicts a computer-ruled Dystopia; the protagonist of the tale, a magistrate in his centrally controlled state, secretly becomes a clown once a year, during the State Holiday, giving some opportunities for Satire. The novel also explores the metaphysical pathos of clowning in a world that disallows any element of Revel. [JC]

Moody Blues, The

UK band formed in Birmingham in the early 1960s by Michael Pinder (1941-    ) and Ray Thomas (1941-2018); they combined rock-pop and orchestral musical idioms to notable and popular effect. The band's second release, the concept-album Days of Future Passed (1967) is not sf, despite its title (it tells the story of a single day – a Tuesday – in the life of an ordinary man). In Search of the Lost Chord (1968) is tinged with Indian mysticism. On the Threshold of a ...

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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