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Šeinius, Ignas

Pseudonym of Lithuanian diplomat, editor and author Ignas Jurkūnas (1889-1959), in Sweden (initially as a refugee) from 1940, where he wrote as Ignas Scheynius Jurkun. He is of sf interest for Siegfried Immerselbe atsijaunina: romanas (1934; trans Albinus Baranausk as Rejuvenation of Siegfried Immerselbe 1965), in which an Aryan racist undergoes Rejuvenation with the hormones of a Jew, and engages in a course of spiritual rebirth. Given the date of its original publication, the book can be ...

du Maurier, Guy

(1865-1915) UK soldier and author of An Englishman's Home: A Play in Three Acts (performed 27 January 1909 Wyndham Theatre, London; 1909 chap) as by A Patriot, a Future War drama in which England defends itself from Invasion; the short film England Invaded (1909) directed by Leo Stormont may have been based without authorization on this play. Du Maurier was the son of George du Maurier. [JC]

Boyes, Kate

(?   -    ) US author whose first book, Paul McCartney (2003 chap), is a study of the singer-songwriter. She is of sf interest for her first novel, Trapped in the R.A.W. [for full title see Checklist] (2019), a Near Future narrative of its protagonist's survival in an archive library (see Keep) after an Alien Invasion has transformed the world outside; the text we are reading is presented, within an orthodox Ruins and Futurity frame, as having been retrieved ...

Hile, William H

(1869-1943) US geologist, entrepreneur – he founded the African Ostrich Farm and Feather Company in 1909 to sell ostrich products, profits (which proved to be as scarce as hens' teeth) to be shared with its African suppliers – and author of a Lost Race novel, The Ostrich for the Defense (1912), set in the heart of Asia Minor, where a white queen named Zar rules a benign Utopia on lines enhancing social cooperation; the eponymous Ostrich is a cooperative firm more or less identical ...

Messmann, Jon

(1920-2004) US author perhaps best remembered for creating and writing as by Jon Sharpe most of the first 200 instalments of The Trailsman sequence of nonfantastic Westerns [not listed below]; this pseudonym eventually became a House Name. Much of Messmann's other nonfantastic work, for which no adequate bibliographical coverage exists, was written under various pseudonyms and house names, including Nick Carter. Some of his work edges into Horror in SF; of sf interest are some thrillers ...

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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