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Green, Robert

(?1935-    ) Canadian author and musician whose The Great Leap Backward (1968) depicts a future where Computers have taken over the cities, leaving the countryside in a natural state. [JC]

Other Edens

UK original anthology series, consisting of Other Edens (anth 1987), Other Edens II (anth 1988) and Other Edens III (anth 1989), edited by Christopher Evans and Robert Holdstock. This was a curious series. The (ironic?) title is taken from the description of England in Shakespeare's Richard II, though the editors mistakenly say it was Richard III; in fact, however, they rather let down their own ambition of giving a boost to UK short fiction by including stories by such US writers as Kim ...

Hardy, David A

(1936-    ) UK artist and illustrator, known at least as much for his astronomical and space-exploration paintings, done in the accurate tradition of Chesley Bonestell, as for his sf work. Hardy is essentially a self-taught artist, though he attended the Margaret Street College of Art in Birmingham circa 1960 on day release from his illustration work for the chocolate manufacturer Cadbury, during which employment he honed his skills in commercial art, layout and typography ...

Murphy, G Read

(1856-1925) Australian magistrate and author, in whose Lost Race tale, Beyond the Ice: Being a Story of the Newly Discovered Region Round the North Pole: Edited from Dr Frank Farleigh's Diary by G Read Murphy (1894) an advanced civilization called Zara is discovered, along with three less advanced societies, around the North Pole. The former has flourished for hundreds of years, thanks to a modicum of Weather Control, highly-developed Power Sources and social controls along lines promulgated by ...

Helders, Major von

Pseudonym of German soldier and author Robert Knauss (1892-1955), who served in both World War One and World War Two, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-General, and whose nonfiction works focused on aviation matters. Of sf interest is Luftkrieg 1936: Die Zertrümmerun von Paris (1932; trans Claud W Sykes as The War in the Air, 1936 1932; German original rev vt Luftkrieg 1938: Die Zertrümmerun von Paris 1934), a Future War tale in which the British and the French are on opposing sides; ...

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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