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Boutet, Frédéric

(1874-1941) French author, much of whose work contributed to the Decadent movement in France; it is of some very general interest as providing examples of the conte cruel, and in its occasional use of the topoi of Fantastika [see Checklist for relevant titles], the stories assembled in The Antisocial Man and Other Strange Stories (coll trans Brian Stableford 2013) tending to illustrate this aspect of ...

Golding, Louis

(1895-1958) UK author much of whose work reflected his Jewish descent; Three Ancient Lands: Being a Journey to Palestine (1928) contains an early photographic record of kibbutzim life, and several novels are on Jewish themes, including Magnolia Street (1932). Some of his shorter fiction – like "Pompeii in Massachusetts" (original magazine publication if any not established) from The Doomington Wanderer: A Book of Tales (coll 1934; vt ...

Games

For games as a theme within sf, see Games and Sports. This entry deals with games based on sf and provides a gateway to the extensive network of game entries added in the third edition of this encyclopedia. / Games are an ancient form of entertainment which have been part of human culture since at least 2600 BCE, when the Royal Game of Ur was played in Mesopotamia (see Board Games). The long history of ...

Sharp, Doug

(1952-?   ) US teacher and author of Channel Zilch (2013), a humorous Near Future spoof about an astronaut, fired for incompetence, who is hired to pilot a crew into space to create a pirate reality show (see Media Landscape); it is the first of a projected trilogy. [JC]

Page, Kathy

(1958-    ) UK author, in Canada from 2001, whose first novels – Back in the First Person (1986) and The Unborn Dreams of Clara Riley (1987) – are associational, though tinged with elements of literary fantasy. Island Paradise (1989), set a century after the Unfought War, promulgates an ambiguous worldwide Utopia whose citizens enjoy lives uncluttered by violence, but are bullied to die soon ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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