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(1828-1910) US businessman and author whose book, The Hollow Earth (1904), is an unfictionalized essay on the concept of the Hollow Earth as argued by John Cleves Symmes. [JC]
(1785-1866) UK businessman, poet and author, with the East India Company 1819-1856, active initially as a poet from before 1805; his first full-length fiction, Headlong Hall (dated 1816 but 1815), is a discussion novel or symposium, set in the Welsh country estate of Squire Harry Headlong ab-Rhaiader, the Gothic description of which is fantastically exaggerated; the tale features a series of monomaniacal talking heads, whose individual maggots govern their names and natures and their every ...
Pseudonym of Scottish author John McNeillie (1916-2002), most famous for the nonfiction The Poacher's Handbook (1950). His sf novel, The Boy Who Saw Tomorrow (1952), offers a quiet portrait of the effect on a small village of a young lad's Predictions of the Near Future. [JC]
(? - ) Scottish-born author resident in Canada whose only novel, Tesseract (1988), perhaps over-complexly explores various dimensions in Time and space, the eponymous AI serving to help the protagonist of the tale decide which Alternate World available to him will offer a chance for Homo sapiens (plus another race) to avoid mortal Disaster. [JC]
(1948- ) US author of The Armageddon Game: A Novel of Suspense (1977), a Cold War tale whose protagonist manufactures an atom bomb, the threatened outcome, World War Two, being narrowly averted; this title should not be confused with the entirely nonfantastic The Armageddon Game (1985) by James N Frey. The Omega Threat (1980), is set in the very Near Future on a space shuttle (see Space Stations) under threat. [JC]
(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 ...