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Gastine, Louis

(1858-1935) French author, often on subjects relating to airplane technology and air travel; a translated novel of sf interest is Les Torpilleurs de l'air: Prodigieux exploits d'un aviateur français (1912; trans G H Marchat as War in Space: Or, an Air-Craft War Between France and Germany 1913) with Louis Perrin (not acknowledged in the translation), a Future War tale set within Earth's atmosphere (not in space); a tale soon to be overtaken by events. [JC]

Allan, Angus P

(?   -    ) Author of Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future (1977), a mediocre Tie to the famous Eagle space-adventure Comic strip Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future, novelizing the original Dan Dare story which ran from 1950. [DRL]

Moss, Robert

(1946-    ) US author of The Spike (1980) with Arnaud de Borchgrave, a Cold War thriller in which Paranoia governs the Near Future, and Death Beam (1981), a Technothriller involving a Soviet Death Ray. [JC]

Perkins, Lucy Fitch

(1865-1937) US author of the loose Twins sequence of tales for older children, beginning with The Dutch Twins (1912). The various tales are linked by the fact that each features twins; there is no other continuity in the series. The only story with sf interest is The Cave Twins (1916), a fairly typical Prehistoric SF narrative whose twin protagonists are responsible for many culture-improving Inventions as their tribe migrates across interesting territories in search of a new homeland; ...

Technofantasy

Item of Terminology introduced in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy to denote narratives whose essentially Fantasy nature is more or less disguised by trappings of Technology, though usually with no serious attempt to add scientific or pseudoscientific justification. Even Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's sf classic Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) is arguably technofantasy, offering only the vaguest references to the arcane powers of electricity as rationale for a story based ...

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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