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Barry, Kevin

(1969-    ) Irish author who is of sf interest primarily for his first novel, the Near Future City of Bohane (2011), which is set in the low-tech Ireland of 2053, a place and time where Dystopian oppressions are loquaciously mocked and serviced and nullified by the gangs whose language (see Linguistics) very vividly represents a world near anarchic, though thriving in the backwaters of history. There are no Computers, and no social media: as an arena for explosive events, ...

Lewis, Sinclair

(1885-1951) US author, highly esteemed in the 1920s and 1930s for such novels as Main Street (1920) and Babbitt (1922), and first US winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1930; but his reputation had much diminished before his death, and has not recovered. Lewis's first novel, Hike and the Aeroplane (1912) as by Tom Graham, is a juvenile centred on the Invention of a futuristic 200mph (320kph) aircraft. Arrowsmith (1925) may be less sf than fiction about science, contrasting the idealism ...

Lewis, Anthony R

(1941-    ) US bibliographer who compiled, solo and with others, various indexes for the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) and its publishing division NESFA Press. These include The N.E.S.F.A. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines and Original Anthologies, 1966 (1969 chap), 1967 (1968 chap), 1968 (1969 chap), 1969 (1970 chap), 1966-1970 (1971 chap), 1971-1972 (1973 chap) with Andrew Adams Whyte, 1973 (1974 chap) with Whyte, 1974 (1975 chap) with Whyte and ...

Day, Donald B

(1909-1978) Pioneer sf indexer, resident in Oregon. His Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (1952; rev 1982), has become, along with its successors compiled by other hands (see Bibliographies), an essential tool for sf research. [PN]

Hoskins, Robert

(1933-1993) US editor and author who began publishing sf with "Feet of Clay" for If in February 1958 as by Phillip Hoskins. He worked as a literary agent 1967-1968, and served as senior editor with Lancer Books 1969-1972, where he published the Infinity anthology sequence [see Checklist; see also Infinity] for which he was perhaps best known. Several other anthologies also appeared before he published his first novel, Evil in the Family (1972) as by Grace Corren, which is a Time-Travel fantasy. ...

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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