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Kranz, E Kirker

(1949-    ) US teacher and author of The Clouded Mirror (1971), a Time Travel tale featuring a Time Machine that remains physically immobile, though the worlds revealed, as the traveller passes hither and yon, vary widely. [JC]

Allorge, Henri

(1878-1938) French poet and author, who worked in a civilian capacity for the Ministry of War during World War One, which nevertheless affected him strongly. In his first sf novel, Le Grand Cataclysme: roman du centième siècle (1922; trans Brian Stableford as The Great Cataclysm: A Romance of the Hundredth Century 2011), a great earlier Disaster has created a Ruined Earth, the consequences of which are meditated upon, during a tour of the ruins of Paris (see Ruins and Futurity), ...

Pujol, René

(1887-1942) French journalist, screenwriter, director and author, a prolific author of adventure tales, some of these engaging in planet-smasher pyrotechnics, like La Planète Invisible ["The Invisible Planet"] (1931), in which a visiting planet threatens Disaster to the Solar System or Au Temps des Brumes ["The Time of the Mist"] (1932), where Earth is choked in a light-devouring cloud. The two novels translated by Brian Stableford in The Chimerical Quest (omni 2016) are similar: in Le ...

Ruocchio, Christopher

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose Sun Eater sequence beginning with Empire of Silence (2018) and Howling Dark (2019) ambitiously invokes former versions of the long-breathed dynastic epic set in the context of the Galactic Empire. Earlier writers and their work conspicuously addressed include Gordon R Dickson, whose Dorsai series features a central protagonist with similar skills and family-romance complications; Frank Herbert, whose Dune series provides ...

Costikyan, Greg

(1959-    ) US Game designer and author, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1999. Costikyan is a rare example of a designer who has worked on three generations of modern games, from Wargames through Role Playing Games to Videogames. He began developing Wargames as a teenager, helping to create such works as the World War Two-based Supercharge (1976 Simulations Publications Inc [SPI]) designed by Frank Davis, Greg Costikyan, Redmond ...

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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