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McDonald, Raymond

Joint pseudonym of Canadian author Raymond Alfred Léger (1884-1934) and US writer Edward Richard McDonald (1873-?   ), whose sf novel, The Mad Scientist: A Tale of the Future (1908), features the increasingly dangerous – or effective – interventions of the eponymous Mad Scientist in the dealings of US businessmen and of the US Government itself. The scientist's inclinations are socialist but, surprisingly for 1908, the authors are ambiguous about whether or not ...

Hunter, Megan

(1984-    ) UK poet and author whose first novel, The End We Start From (2017), sets an intimate story involving childbirth and childcare in straitened circumstances against an increasingly intrusive Near Future backdrop. The protagonist mother's waters breaking, and the rapid flooding of London as systems collapse due to Climate Change, are metaphorically joined with some efficiency. The young mother eventually escapes through a post-Cosy Catastrophe landscape to a Scottish ...

Antonelli, Lou

(1957-2021) US journalist, editor and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Silvern" in RevolutionSF for June 2003, followed by his first professional sale "A Rocket for the Republic" in Asimov's for September 2005; he eventually published some 125 short stories. Many of these are Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] set in a fantasticated Texas, a dozen being assembled as Fantastic Texas (coll 2009; exp vt Texas & Other Planets 2010), with more ...

Ulbach, Louis

(1822-1889) French author, prolific in various genres from around 1844, well known for polemical satires as by Ferragus which targeted both the political left and right. Of sf interest are the tales assembled in Le Prince Bonifacio; La dame blanche de Bade; Le petit homme rouge; Le démon du laco (coll 1864; trans Brian Stableford with added stories as Prince Bonifacio and Other Stories coll 2013). "Le Prince Bonifacio" (in L'Isle des Rêves, coll 1860) is in part a political Satire, ...

Ash, Alan

(1909-1988) UK author in whose sf adventure, Conditioned for Space (1955), a sleeper, having been encased in a block of ice for a century, awakens (see Sleeper Awakes) to find himself – after scientists transform him into a kind of Cyborg – in the front line of Earth defence in a space war. [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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