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Rhoades, Walter

(1860-1927) UK author of The Hidden City: A Story of Central America (1907), a Lost World tale for boys set in Central America. Rhoades wrote a number of other novels aimed at boys. [JC]

Gratacap, Louis Pope

(1851-1917) US naturalist, museum curator and author whose first writings were nonfiction essays like "The Ice Age" for the Popular Science Monthly in 1878. His first sf novel, The Certainty of a Future Life in Mars: Being the Posthumous Papers of Bradford Torrey Dodd (1903), remains his best known. Dying in the conviction that dead humans transcendentally ascend to a Martian Reincarnation as embodied spirits, the narrator's father is soon communicating from there by radio with his son. Martian ...

Barbauld, Anna Laetitia

(1743-1825) UK educationist and author, important exponent of Unitarianism, whose stories for young children became famous. She is of Proto SF interest for Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: A Poem (1812 chap), which conveys in Gothic terms the vision of a Near Future Britain, some time after its defeat in the long war against Napoleonic France; the ruined country, including London itself (see Ruins and Futurity), is visited by tourists from America. [JC]

Xeelee [series]

Future History Series created by Stephen Baxter (whom see for further discussion), extending over a vast Time Abyss from beginning to end of our universe. Though early stories like Baxter's debut "The Xeelee Flower" (Spring 1987 Interzone) recall the colourful inventiveness and Thought-Experiment ingenuity of Larry Niven's better Known Space tales, there is something of Olaf Stapledon's cosmological chilliness in the gradual revelation that human history is no more than a side issue – and ...

Davenport, Benjamin Rush

(?   -?   ) US author, quite possibly a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, whose "Uncle Sam's" Cabins: A Story of American Life, Looking Forward a Century (1895) initially depicts a Near Future so biased toward capitalists that most Americans have become serfs; a Pandemic (see also Disaster) eventually gives a reformer the chance to create a more equitable Utopia. Davenport's best-known novel is the Future-War tale Anglo-Saxons, Onward! A Romance of the Future (1898), in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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