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Balchin, Nigel

(1908-1970) UK author, industrialist and wartime scientific adviser to the Army Council; married (1933-1951) to Elisabeth Ayrton. From the beginning of World War Two his fictions specialized in the creation of psychologically and physically crippled "competent men", as in The Small Back Room (1943), and were plotted around scientific problems at the verge of sf. Though his first novel, No Sky (1934), is of marginal genre interest, his only sf novel proper is Kings of Infinite Space (1967), a ...

Sternberg, Jacques

(1923-2006) Belgian author who published fiction until the end of the century, though sf made up a decreasingly portion of his work; he moved at the end of his life to the memoir form. A particularly idiosyncratic author with a keen sense of the absurd, he built from the early 1950s a unique body of work, often only tenuously linked to sf, often structured as Satires where everyday situations logically degenerate into darkly humorous nightmares, his first novel being Le délit ["The ...

Hill, Joe

Working name of US Comics scripter and author Joseph Hillstrom King (1972-    ), son of Stephen King and brother of Owen King; most of his earlier work has been horror, much of it nonfantastic, though Horror in SF topoi sometimes visit; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Lady Rests" in Palace Corbie Seven (anth 1997) edited by Wayne Edwards and John Marshall. He rarely utilizes the SF Megatext in this work, though is manifestly aware of the generic ...

Griffin, Sercombe

(1878-1943) UK chemist and author of Young Adult adventures for boys, of which at least two are of sf interest: Within the Golden Globe (1934), a Lost Race tale set in sixteenth-century Asia, where an Elixir of Life (see Immortality) is discovered; and The Crimson Caterpillar (1935), which also features a Lost Race, set in this case in the Sahara, and reachable by airplane. [JC]

Pedreira, David

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose Near Future sf novel Gunpowder Moon (2018) focuses on crises in mining the Moon in 2072, a decade after Climate Change has ruined the home planet. Various partially crippled imperial domains (see Imperialism) survive, including America and China, and continue their savage spats. Sabotage and conspiracies on the Moon are uncovered by the protagonist, Caden Dechert, who is a weary vet; the action builds inexorably; ...

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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