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Abbey, Lloyd

(1943-    ) Canadian teacher and author, much of whose poetry dramatizes the natural world, as does his sf novel The Last Whales (1989), in which whales (and some dolphins who have escaped from their African-based military training academy) live realistically conceived (non-speaking) lives in the oceans of a Near Future post-Disaster world. The tale advances at a dignified pace; it does not end in a state of optimism about the future. [JC]

Wyatt, Stephen

(1948-    ) UK author of two Ties to the Doctor Who universe: Paradise Towers (1988) and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1989), both in the Doctor Who Target Novelizations subseries. [JC]

Wake, David

(1962-    ) UK playwright, author and editor. While at university in the early 1980s he, along with fellow-student Rob Meades, defined and named the Drabble – a 100-word Flash Fiction story format. One hundred drabbles, many donated by sf authors including Isaac Asimov and Terry Pratchett, were collected as The Drabble Project (anth 1988) edited as David B Wake with Meades, and published as a charity fundraiser. Two further volumes followed [see Checklist below]. As a ...

Cassilis, Robert

Pseudonym of UK historian and author Michael Edwardes (1923-1990), who specialized in Indian history under his own name; as Cassilis, his sf novel, Winding Sheet (1978), posits a Near Future Britain where the monarchy has regained genuine power, though Scotland has become more or less autonomous, and a revolt is in the offing. Edwardes is not to be confused with the business executive and writer Sir Michael Edwardes, who gained his knighthood not for his work as a writer but for his triumphs as ...

Carr, Francis

(1834-1894) UK businessman and author Archimago: (or the New Zealander on the Ruins of London Bridge. A Satirical Work, Commencing I, Jno, formerly of the U. K. of G. B., etc) (1864 3vols), which uses the familiar image of the New Zealander to frame two visions of London's future: in the first, horseless carriages and flying vehicles manifest the commercial glories of Empire to come; in the second, the New Zealander is given a sight of 1864 rather on the lines of Gustave Doré's famous ...

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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