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Hornblower in Space

Sea stories of the Napoleonic war era, especially the Horatio Hornblower sequence by C S Forester, have long appealed to sf fans. Obvious parallels with Spaceship voyages include the frail and crowded vessel in a lethal environment, an assumed need for tight naval discipline, and a profusion of technical Terminology. Walt Willis in his column "Fanorama" (February 1958 Nebula) said of the Hornblower stories that "... they appealed to something very similar to the sense of wonder, and equally the ...

L'Engle, Madeleine

Working name of US actress and author Madeleine L'Engle Camp (1918-2007), whose first play, 18 Washington Square, South (1944), was produced in 1940, and who performed on the stage during the early 1940s. Her first novel, The Small Rain (1945), and some of its successors are non-genre fictions for adult audiences, but from And Both Were Young (1949) most of her sixty or more books were for children; her later work was significant in the shaping of the Young Adult market. She began to publish ...

Palmer, Suzanne

(?    -    ) US author and computer system administrator who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Ins and Outs of Intergalactic Diplomacy" in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine for August/September 2005. She topped the Asimov's Readers' Poll in various categories (including Poetry) from 2016 to 2020. Her Hard SF story "The Secret Life of Bots" (September 2017 Clarkesworld) won a Hugo as best novelette, and her novella "Waterlines" ...

Davis, Ellis James

(1850-1905) UK barrister who, mainly in the 1870s, was briefly active as an author. Pyrna: A Commune; Or, Under the Ice (1875) is a Lost World tale, set under a Swiss glacier; the Underground civilization there discovered occupies a geometrical City, where equality between the Sexes is observed. In Front of the World (1876 3vols), even more disquisitional than its wordy predecessor, follows the story of a messianic figure who – after discovering a helpful Telepathic race – proclaims ...

Walton, David

(1975-    ) US physicist and author who has claimed that his Christian faith infuses but does not direct the arguments made in the Hard SF novels he has published to date; he has clearly distinguished between the theological truth of the Bible (for Christians) and the culture-bound language which seems to contradict a modern science, for instance the theory of Evolution. Walton began to publish work of genre interest with "Anyone Can Whistle" in Electric Wine for June 2001; ...

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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