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Furey, Maggie

(1955-    ) UK teacher and author, now living in Ireland, whose genre novels are chiefly Fantasy, beginning with Aurian (1994) and continuing with further tales in the Aurian: Artefacts of Power sequence [see Checklist below]. Her sf contributions comprise two short Young Adult novels set in the Cyberspace Shared World of The Web, being Sorceress (1998) and Spindrift (1998). [DRL]

Voinovich, Vladimir

(1932-2018) Russian author known mostly for his mainstream Satires. Active in the 1970s, he found himself in confrontation with the Soviet authorities, and finally emigrated in the early 1980s to Germany. All his works display an offbeat and at times heavy-handed fantastication. His only sf tale, Moskva 2042 (1987; trans Richard Lourie as Moscow 2042 1987), carries a contemporary protagonist forward by commercial Time Travel from 1982 to the redoubled bureaucracy that rules in 2042 CE. One ...

Guest, Ernest

Pseudonym of the UK author Henry Gilbert (1868-1937), none of whose works under his own name have fantastic content, though Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood (1912) hints at a Green Man [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] provenance. As Guest, Gilbert wrote At the End of the World: A Vision (1929), in which the End of the World – and of the solar system itself – is dramatized through the death of the Last Man; the tale then segues – after the fashion of ...

Welby, Philip

Pseudonym of C D Davis (?   -    ), UK author of The Pleasure Domes of Sigma 93 (1978), a Space Opera for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Baxter, Gregory

Joint pseudonym of Scottish authors John Ressich (1877-1937) and Eric de Banzie (1894-1986), the latter in active service during World War One. In their Near Future Scientific Romance Blue Lightning (1926) a renegade British lord whose ancestry is foreign (see Yellow Peril) plots worldwide chaos with the aid of a Death Ray: Blacks (see Race in SF) will attack America, from within; other races will assault civilization on other continents. The plot is foiled, though the ray causes some damage ...

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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