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Langley, Bob

(1939-    ) UK broadcaster and author of Technothrillers, some being of sf interest: Warlords (1979) is a Young Adult tale depicting the Near Future overthrow of an effective UK government through undercover American influence; in Precipice (1991) a Soviet weapons satellite under Antarctica threatens to blow up the South Pole and environs; and in ...

Miller, George Noyes

(1845-1904) US and author, usually of nonfiction texts about the Utopian Oneida Community, whose radically Feminist precepts about Sex – women retain control over their sexual behaviour – are reflected and expounded in The Strike of a Sex (1890) and its sequel ...

Henderson, Walter Brooks Drayton

(1887-1939) Jamaican-born critic, teacher and poet, who lived mostly in the UK and North America. His book-length epic poem, The New Argonautica: An Heroic Poem in Eight Cantos of the Voyage Among the Stars of the Immortal Spirits of Sir Walter Ralegh, Sir Francis Drake, Ponce de Leon & Nunez da Vaga (1928), traces the interstellar Fantastic Voyage of its reincarnated crew after Ralegh's spirit-visit to ...

Nisbet, Helen C

(1934-    ) Scottish author who studied geology at the University of Glasgow, receiving a BSc degree in 1959; subsequently a museum worker and field archaeologist (now retired). Her one novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Raven's Beak (1981). More recently she has published non-genre work as Eilidh Nisbet, the nickname by which she now prefers to be known. [DRL]

Goldberg, Rube

(1883-1970) US cartoonist, illustrator, screenwriter, Comics author and author, active from around 1904. He is of sf interest primarily for his humorous cartoons (see Humour) featuring Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts and his Inventions. As with the work of his contemporary, W Heath Robinson, many of these inventions lampoon some of the technological excesses of the ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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