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Strachey, John St Loe

(1860-1927) UK journalist, editor (in collaboration with C L Graves) and author of suavely put and extremely influential left-centre opinions; he dominated The Spectator from about 1890 until shortly before his death. This mind-set is reflected in his two books of sf interest: The Great Bread Riots; Or, What Came of Fair Trade (1885 chap) as S L S, a Near Future tale told as from the year 1934, describes the dire imagined consequences of abandoning free trade (see Economics); How England Became ...

Garrison, Wendell Phillips

(1840-1907) US editor – he was co-founder of The Nation, and served as its literary editor from 1865 to 1906 – and author of The New Gulliver (1898), a sequel to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), in which the Houyhnhnms are revisited, and Evolution discussed. Garrison was a popularizer of the works of Charles Darwin. [JC] see also: Gulliver. /

Snicket, Lemony

Pseudonym of US author Daniel Handler (1970-    ), who has also written mainstream novels under his own name. As Snicket he is best known for the thirteen-book sequence A Series of Unfortunate Events, running from The Bad Beginning (1999) to The End (2006), presented as children's fiction but larded with considerable black Humour, Gothic grotesquerie and mock didacticism by the intermittently intrusive narrator Snicket – a furtive, reclusive persona, prone to justified ...

Iggulden, John

(1917-2010) Australian businessman, anthologist and author whose sf contribution is restricted to his first novel, Breakthrough (1960), portraying a Dystopia set in a Near Future land governed in totalitarian fashion by a dictator whose regime uses surgically implanted radio-controlled devices for purposes of repression. By this means all subjects can be remotely traced, subjected to neural Torture, or killed by an explosive charge; Psi Powers, not otherwise relevant to the plot, are invoked to ...

Fiske, Amos K

(1842-1921) US lawyer, journalist and author of Beyond the Bourn: Reports of a Traveller Returned from the "Undiscovered Country", Submitted to the World by Amos K Fiske (1891) which, from within a fantasy frame evoking the Afterlife (see the Encyclopedia of Fantasy), describes in detail a Utopia on another planet, where sexual abstinence has helped create a benevolent Christian world [JC]

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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