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Sambury, Liselle

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose first novel, the Young Adult Blood Like Magic (2021), Equipoisally plunges its teenage protagonist, who lives and works in a high-tech Near Future Toronto, into a world of Magic complexly involving a curse upon her family.[JC]

Gibbs, Anthony

(1902-1975) UK author of a very Near Future sf novel, The New Crusade (1931), in which society is transformed by a millionaire so that nudism may triumph. [JC]

Cox, Stephen R

(?   -    ) US soldier and author who wrote initially, as by Ben Sloane, the Horn sequence beginning with Horn: Hot Zone (1990) featuring a Cyborg police officer named Max Horn in Near Future New York. As the adventures escalate, his built-in Weapons are enhanced, regularly. The Mutant Hunter sequence beginning with Mutant Hunter: Legends of the Fallout (2011 ebook) is set in a Post-Holocaust America threatened by Mutants; the protagonist is a bounty hunter. ...


The roots of Bulgarian sf can be found in the 1920s, when Svetoslav Minkov published three unusual collections of short stories: Siniata Hrizantema ["The Blue Chrysanthemum"] (coll 1921), Tshasovnik ["Clock"] (coll 1924) and Ognena Ptitza ["The Fire Bird"] (coll 1927). Minkov's work noticeably resembles that of Edgar Allan Poe, H P Lovecraft and the German decadents of his period, and may be closer to the "diabolic" fantasy of the German Romantics than to the main current of sf. A collection in ...

Keating, H R F

(1926-2011) UK author, active from the late 1950s, almost all of his work being detective novels, notably those featuring Inspector Ghote of the Bombay CID, though he wrote some ghost stories. Novels of sf interest include The Strong Man (1971), a Dystopian tale set on the Atlantic Island of Oceana south of Ireland; its name echoes George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Oceana's tyrannical dictator Mylchraine, despite his manipulation of his subjects' addiction to witchcraft, finds ...

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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