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Warner, Anne

(1869-1913) US author of romantic fiction, in the UK from about 1903; of some sf interest is When Woman Proposes (1911), a Near Future tale set in an unnamed European country where a young woman, in love with a soldier who refuses to marry her on his low income, engineers a general strike of workers and military, bringing the land to a total halt until an equitable wage structure is established for all. [JC]

Thompson, Harlan

(1894-1987) US author, mostly of juvenile westerns that generally involved young boys and horses, some written as by Stephen Holt; he was President of the writers' organisation PEN for a time in the 1950s. He is of sf interest for Silent Running (1972), the official novelization of the film Silent Running (1972), which deals with a Ruined Earth after Disaster in the form of a botanical plague has destroyed nearly all Earth's flora. The novel quietly patches some plot holes in the film's script. ...

Timlin, Mark

(1944-    ) UK author, almost exclusively of crime thrillers mostly set in London, his most popular series being the Nick Sharman tales; his pseudonyms include Johnny Angelo, Jim Ballantyne, Holly Delatour, Lee Martin, Martin Milk and Tony Williams. The Torturer (1995) as by Ballantyne is horror. Of sf interest is I Spied a Pale Horse (1999), a very Near Future tale in which the End of the World, at the turn of the Millennium, is caused by a universal Pandemic. [JC]

Cross, Gillian

(1945-    ) UK author, primarily for children, in various genres, including the Demon Headmaster sequence of horror tales [see Checklist below]. Of sf interest are Born of the Sun (1983), in which the search for an Incan Lost World intersects with family romance; New World (1992), in which adventures within a Virtual Reality world turn nightmarish; Pictures in the Dark (1996), about the consequences of the protagonist's photographing an unknown animal; and the Dark Ground ...

Lamport, Richard Fifield

(?   -?   ) UK author of Veeni the Master: "The Story of a Dream": A Romance (1912), a tale in which fantasy and sf topoi crudely intersect as humanity faces the End of the World after a Comet strikes (see Disaster), but a remnant are saved through the ministrations of the eponymous Veeni, who seems to hold a Secret Master brief over Homo sapiens. Those lucky enough to be selected are embedded by Identity Transfer into the bodies of the humanoid inhabitants of a ...

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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