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Brummels, J V

(1951-    ) US poet, rancher and author of some fiction, with Wayne State College since 1977, where he is Poet-in-Residence; his sf novel, Deus ex Machina (1989), is a complexly literate rendering in Cyberpunk-influenced terms of an urban USA facing the death of the Sun. There is a choice, for some, of escaping into space; but it is an option Brummels offers without any exuberance. [JC]

Nilsson, Peter

(1937-1998) Swedish astronomer and author. Nilsson grew up on a small farm in Möcklehult, a small rural community where the family moved in 1948. His father was a miller, carpenter and farmer, and after elementary school Nilsson started working, but had also begun reading widely and dreamt of becoming a writer and of studying the stars. He began taking correspondence courses and in 1959 graduated from secondary school. After military service, he enrolled at Uppsala University, where he ...

Larsen, Reif

(1980-    ) US author currently resident in Scotland whose first novel, The Selected Works of T S Spivet (2009), is an example of postmodern Fantastika whose jagged edges are smoothed and warmed over by the delightfulness of the eponymous twelve-year old protagonist. The metaphysical intensity of his engagement with maps and measurement extracts him from a Montana family romance into a Fantastic Voyage eastwards across America (at one stage through apparent spatial ...

Upward, Allen

(1863-1926) UK politician, barrister, poet and author, an advocate from early manhood of various nationalist movements, including Irish Home Rule and Greek independence; his poetry, of erratic quality but adventurous, was variously assembled, and some poems were published in Des Imagistes: an Anthology (anth 1914 chap) edited by Ezra Pound (1885-1972). Three articles with the overtitle "The Order of the Seraphim" (1910 The New Age) advocated – in terms of his understanding of the concept ...

Lamont, Archibald

(1864-1933) Scottish-born minister, politician and author, in Singapore and Malaya circa 1889-1898, in South Africa from 1912, where (despite his liberal views on race) he was a moderately successful politician, being mayor of Durban 1929-1933. Of some sf interest is South Africa in Mars: A Satire (1923), a kind of Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] set on Mars, where various eminent Earth figures, deceased on their home planet, replicate the moments of their ...

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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