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Collins, Gilbert

(1890-1960) UK author in various genres, whose two Lost-World novels are of sf interest. The Valley of Eyes Unseen (1923) finds a Tibetan hidden valley inhabited by scientifically advanced descendants of Alexander the Great's Greeks, from whom the protagonist eventually escapes by purloining one of their Inventions, mechanical wings (see Flying). In The Starkenden Quest (1925) an Underground civilization is located somewhere north of Khmer, whose primordial dwarf inhabitants (they are not ...

Web and Starship

Board and counter Wargame (1984). West End Games (WEG). Designed by Greg Costikyan. / Web and Starship is a Hard SF Wargame played on a two-dimensional map of nearby stars, with the third dimension represented by notations on the display. The setting is asymmetric; there are three players, each of whom has different capabilities. The Pereen can travel between stars by means of an instantaneous "Web", but must use slower-than-light probes to add new planets to the network, while the ...

Storr, Catherine

(1913-2001) UK doctor and author, for many years a psychotherapist, after 1963 a prolific author of journalism, children's books – most famously Marianne Dreams (1958; vt The Magic Drawing Pencil 1960), in which physical and mental malaises are incarnated in a fantasy world – and an sf novel, Unnatural Fathers (1976), in which the success of an experiment to make men capable of child-bearing causes great upheavals in a Near-Future UK. [JC/BS]

Silver, Steven H

(1967-    ) US author, editor, reviewer and fan, long associated with the Sidewise Awards for Alternate-History fiction which (with Evelyn C Leeper and Robert B Schmunk) he created in 1995. For many years he was most visible as compiler of the useful online news diary at SF Site, from its launch in 1997 until the feature went on hiatus in 2018. His Fanzine Argentus (2001-current) has published articles by many sf notables. He edited the Beginnings sequence of three genre ...

Wilkinson, Kerry

(1980-    ) UK author, whose work is almost exclusively nonfantastic, including the long Jessica Daniel crime novel sequence [not listed in Checklist below]. He is of sf interest primarily for the Young Adult Dystopian Silver Blackthorn series beginning with Reckoning (2014), set in an indefinably Near Future Britain delineated in terms that allow a fantasy reading of the whole, though at the same time hints of an underlining sf mechanism (see Medieval Futurism) give the ...

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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