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Baker, William Elliott Smith

(1830-1900) US author, usually on Economics. His anonymous The Battle of Coney Island; Or, Free-Trade Overthrown: A Scrap of History Written in 1900: By an Eyewitness (1883) is a Near Future Satire protesting against free trade; during the course of the tale, New York suffers an Invasion at the hands of the Republic of Yucatan. Though ...

Cherry, Rowena

(1954-    ) UK teacher and author of romantic fiction, in US from around the mid 1990s, whose Gods of Tigron sequence beginning with Forced Mate (2004) works through an initial premise that Earth has been secretly quarantined from the Galactic Empire of the title. Complex disputes characterize the romantic Space Opera tone of the whole, perhaps intensified more than usually encountered ...

Post, Melville Davisson

(1869-1930) US author of much popular short crime fiction, the Uncle Abner and the Randolph Mason stories being perhaps best known; the legal conundrums Mason exploits in order to defend clients are not, however, literally fantastic. Of sf interest is The Revolt of the Birds (1927), an exceedingly atmospheric tale that climaxes in an Island overrun by almost certainly Mutant insects who breed after an ...


Pseudonym of UK naval officer and author Geoffrey Martin Bennett (1909-1983), whose two sf novels both deal with menaces at sea: The Invisible Ships (1950) indeed features invisible ships (see Invisibility), and This Creeping Evil (1950) features sea Monsters and a threat to the UK [JC]

Wells, Catherine

Working name of US author Catherine Jean Wells Dimenstein (1952-    ) who began publishing sf with the tightly-woven Coconino sequence – comprising The Earth Is All That Lasts (1991), Children of the Earth (1992) and The Earth Saver (1993) – set aeons hence in a Ruined Earth devastated by Climate Change and other ...

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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