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Mason, Anne

(1941-    ) US author of a Young Adult sequence of sf novels, the Dancing Meteorite sequence comprising The Dancing Meteorite (1984) and The Stolen Law (1988), featuring a young Communications specialist whose easy rapport with Aliens is challenged by the lifeforms contained in the eponymous meteorite; the second volume carries the protagonist into space, where she continues to learn more about the complexity of sentient beings. [JC]

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

(1797-1851) UK author, daughter of the philosopher and novelist William Godwin (1756-1836) [for entry on Godwin, see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and of the feminist and educationist Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) (see Feminism), who died eleven days after giving birth to her. Shelley married Percy Bysshe Shelley on 30 December 1816, two years after they had eloped to the Continent, and after his first wife had committed suicide. During 1816 the couple – by this point ...

Gilbert, Zoe

(?   -    ) UK academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Time Machine" in Luna Station Quarterly for December 2011. A sophisticated use of interacting modes within the enabling frame of Fantastika consistently marks her longer fiction. In her first novel, Folk (2018), an isolated Island houses a complex community whose interactions, as told through interweaving stories, some with supernatural elements, end in a dance of convergences ...

Hornblower in Space

Sea stories of the Napoleonic war era, especially the Horatio Hornblower sequence by C S Forester, have long appealed to sf fans. Obvious parallels with Spaceship voyages include the frail and crowded vessel in a lethal environment, an assumed need for tight naval discipline, and a profusion of technical Terminology. Walt Willis in his column "Fanorama" (February 1958 Nebula) said of the Hornblower stories that "... they appealed to something very similar to the sense of wonder, and equally the ...

Emshwiller, Peter R

(1959-    ) US actor, illustrator and author, son of Carol Emshwiller and Ed Emshwiller, who has also worked as Stoney Emshwiller; of sf interest is his Near Future series of noir tales – The Host (1991) and Short Blade (1992) – set in a New York directly extrapolated (seemingly) from the mean-streets City 1970s Manhattan threatened to become. The action is intense but the ambience now seems less than prescient. [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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