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Pottinger, Stanley

(1940-    ) US lawyer, banker and author of two sf novels, each involving advances in Medicine: The Fourth Procedure (1995), in which foetal transplants have become possible, igniting a religious debate in America; and A Slow Burning (1999), set in the very Near Future where a brilliant neurosurgeon, using Nanotechnology, is able to repair damaged brains: the complicated plot involves the memory transfer of portions of the now-dead surgeon's knowledge (see Identity Transfer; ...

Blackwood, Algernon

(1869-1951) UK author who spent a decade in Canada and the USA from the age of twenty, a period remembered in his partial autobiography Episodes Before Thirty (1923; vt Adventure Before Thirty 1934); a prolific author of novels and short stories for half a century. He served in World War One as an intelligence agent based in Switzerland, and in other roles. His novels of occult pantheism – best exemplified in The Centaur (1911), which builds on the theories of Gustav Fechner (1801-1887) ...

Coleridge, Christabel

(1843-1921) UK author, grand-daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), whose works tend to advocate Christian sententiae; The Thought-Rope (1898) is a sentimental tale of Telepathy. [JC]

Alarcón y Ariza, Pedro Antonio de

(1833-1891) Spanish author, initially famous for travel writings, though now know mainly as the author of El sombrero de tres picos (1874; trans anon as The Three-Cornered Hat 1891), a novella based on a traditional ballad which became famous after Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) composed a ballet in 1919 based on the tale. Alarcón is of some sf interest for his early novel, "El amigo de la muerte" (1852 El eco de occidente; trans Mrs Francis J A Darr as The Strange Friend of Tito Gil 1890; ...

Pollotta, Nick

Working name of US author Nicholas Angelo Pollotta (1954-2013), most of whose work in sf and other genres was under pseudonyms or House Names, including James Axler, Jack Hopkins and Don Pendleton, but who began publishing sf with Illegal Aliens (1989), with Phil Foglio providing extensive illustrations for this comic novel about a street gang in New York which hamstrings the attempts of Aliens to manipulate our planet. The Satellite Night series, beginning with Satellite Night News (1993) as ...

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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