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Randall, John D

(1944-    ) US author of an extremely late Yellow Peril tale, The Tojo Virus (1991), in which a Japanese super-corporation plans to infect America's Computers with an incapacitating virus (see Paranoia). [JC]

Carrasco, Jesús

Working name of Spanish author Jesús Carrasco Jaramillo (1972-    ) in whose first novel, Intemperie (2013; trans Margaret Jull Costa as Out in the Open 2015), a young man engages in a trek across a savagely overheated desert landscape reminiscent of central Spain though hotter (see Climate Change), encountering savants and supernaturally intense Villains in his search for some Zone of safety. Resemblances to the Westerns of Cormac McCarthy, and to his more recent ...

Anderton, Joanne

(?   -    ) New Zealand author who also writes as Jo Anderton, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "Trail of Dead" in Zombies (anth 2007) edited by Robert N Stephenson; the tale was assembled, along with a considerable proportion of her short fiction, as The Bone Chime Song and Other Stories (coll 2013). Most of her short work has been fantasy and horror, though her first book publications – The Veiled Worlds sequence comprising Debris ...

Seiun Award

["Nebula Award"] The name for a set of genre prizes voted on by members of the annual Japanese Science Fiction Convention. These Awards take their name from the short-lived Seiun ["Nebula"], a single-issue magazine published by Tetsu Yano in 1954, and acknowledged as Japan's first. Despite the titular resemblance to the Nebula awards given by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the convention-going fan-centred voting process and footprint of the Seiun Awards is more similar to that ...

Psi World

Role Playing Game (1984). Fantasy Games Unlimited. Designed by Delbert Carr, Cheron. / Psi World is characteristic of many early RPGs in its brevity and emphasis on rules over setting. The basic scenario is the same as that seen in many sf novels dealing with Espers. On a planet that is, or is similar to, near future Earth part of the population is evolving into a separate species with Psionic powers, while the remaining "normals" have come to hate and fear their potential successors as 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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