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Balch, William S

(1806-1887) US minister, politician journalist and author, mostly of nonfiction; of sf interest is A Peculiar People; Or, Reality in Romance (1881), in which a visitor to the secluded land of Nussara in the Middle East (see Lost Race) discovers there a successful Utopia run on religious lines. Balch was a minister in the Universalist Church, a faith which espouses the doctrine that God did not create humans to damn them. [JC]

Lethbridge, Olive

Working name of Irish-born author Olive Ada Lethbridge Banbury (1885-1971), in UK from an undetermined date; her Lost Race novel, As a Lioness That Sleeps: A Novel of Africa (1931), sets a romantic engagement with a handsome race in Africa. [JC]

Sedgwick, Helen

(1978-    ) Scottish research physicist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Quantum Gravity; Or, the Pygmy Marmoset and the Prefabricated Concrete Bungalow" in I Am Because You Are (anth 2015) edited by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman. Her first novel, The Comet Seekers (2016) combines Physics and astrology in a complex rendering of the interconnections of its two protagonists, who are first encountered in Antarctica, where they witness the ...

Strickland, W P

(1809-1884) US Methodist minister and author, who served as a chaplain in the American Civil War. His Lost Race tale, The Astrologer of Chaldea; Or, the Life of Faith (1855), locates its uplifting discoveries in ancient Babylonia. [JC]

Kosko, Bart

(1960-    ) US academic in electrical engineering – specializing in neural networks and machine intelligence (see AI) – and author; he is best known for a speculative nonfiction text, Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic (1993). His one sf novel is Nanotime (1998), a Technothriller whose title is a neologism describing the speed of Time when it is measured by Computer processors rather than human brains. The story itself depicts in Libertarian terms 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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