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Baker, Sharon

(1938-1991) US author of three Planetary Romances – all set on the planet Naphar – whose richly layered Fantasy surface conceals much sf underpinning: Naphar's poisonous environment has an sf explanation; the planet has been colonized by humans who interbred with the native race; and contacts with galactic civilization remain active. Quarreling, They Met the Dragon (1984) describes the coming to adulthood of an escaped slave. Journey to Membliar (1987) and its immediate sequel ...

Castier, Jules

(1888-1957) French translator and author, translator of English texts into French, including Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932), and vice versa. Written in English, his collection of Parodies of well-known authors, Rather Like ... Some Endeavours to Assume the Mantles of the Great ... With a Publisher's Note Embodying the Opinions of the Great (coll 1920), includes Arthur Conan Doyle and H G Wells among its targets. [JC]

Warren, Dean

(?   -    ) US engineer, in military service after World War Two and subsequently with Lockheed Missiles and Space, and author. The driving principle shaping most of his work seems to be the need for high Technology solutions to world problems such as Overpopulation and Climate Change, couched in stories, whose focus on individual Heroes typical of the Hard SF mode occasionally generates a sense of undue facility. His first novel, Man Over Mind: Control of the ...

Kellett, E E

(1864-1950) UK schoolmaster and author, in whose one book of fiction, A Corner in Sleep and Other Impossibilities (coll 1900), some stories of sf interest can be found: mainly perhaps "The New Frankenstein" (May 1899 Pearson's), the facetious tale of a Robot entangled in a web of useless Inventions,and "Memoria Ponderosa", about an experimental Memory Edit that goes wrong. Later tales continue in the same vein, including, "The Lady Automaton" (June 1901 Pearson's Magazine), in which a ...

Braswell, Liz

(?   -    ) UK-born Videogame producer and author, in America from childhood; known for her series under various pseudonyms, which include Tracy Lynn, J B Stephens, Celia Thomson and the House Name Robb Kidd. Of greatest sf interest is the Big Empty sequence, all as by J B Stephens, and beginning with The Big Empty (2004), a Young Adult series set in a Near Future America devastated by Pandemic; the love triangle involving the protagonist and others comes ...

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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