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Mastai, Elan

(?   -    ) Canadian screenwriter and author, best known in the former capacity for scripting a romantic comedy, The F Word (2013) directed by Michael Dowse. His first novel, All Our Wrong Todays (2017), describes two Alternate History versions of recent history, one being our default world, which is here depicted as profoundly Dystopian for a range of reasons, including Climate Change caused by uncontrollable use of energy. The other world is a Utopia built ...

MacDonald, Ronald

(1860-1933) UK actor, playwright and author, son of George MacDonald and father of Philip MacDonald, whose Near Future novel, The Election of Isabel (1907), features (as stated) the election of a woman to Parliament. [JC]

Glendon, George

(?   -?   ) UK author known only for his sf Near Future novel, The Emperor of the Air (1910), in which the Invention of a superscientific Airship, lifted by a vacuum-creating engine, leads to the destruction of the air fleets of the world, and the brief imposition of a Pax Aeronautica whose rulers speak Esperanto, an experiment abruptly terminated when the airship crashes (at the very tip of Mount Everest) during a hazardous exploration of the globe. [JC]

Chipman, De Witt C

(1824-1910) US lawyer, politician and author of Beyond the Verge: Home of Ten Lost Tribes of Israel (1896), in which a Hebrew patriarch has long ago led his people to the North Pole, where a Symmes Hole leads the Lost Tribes into the Hollow Earth; safe inside the Earth, the Tribes await the right moment to return to us. [JC]

Masterman, Walter S

(1876-1946) UK author of detective thrillers some of which, like The Yellow Mistletoe (1930), combine romance, detection, mystery and Lost Races; in this case a young woman named Diana has been abducted by the representative of an ancient fertility cult whose members live in a hidden valley in the Balkans, and who conduct fertility rites (see Sex) in the springtime. Similarly told, but of stronger sf interest, The Flying Beast (1932), in which the discovery of an Underground race of troglodytes ...

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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