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(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...
(1956- ) Japanese author whose influence extends not only through his own published works, but also through his connections, known, unknown and suspected, with several lobbies and factions within Japanese Fandom, including the game designers Group SNE and the Togakkai collaborative book mill, the latter largely devoted to nonfiction works celebrating and debunking Pseudoscience and the ...
(1894-1972) US author of House of the Hunter (1962), set in a deserted Post-Holocaust Los Angeles (see California), as an unseen entity gradually eliminates the last survivors in an isolated house. [JC]
To-day and To-morrow
This relatively early venture in popular Futures Studies comprises a series of eighty-six hardback monographs published from 1923 by the London house Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company. In these slim volumes, Scientists and others speculated (not always entirely seriously) about the future. Contributions to To-day and To-morrow by authors with entries in this encyclopedia are listed below. Perhaps the most ...
Women in SF
In "The Image of Women in Science Fiction" (November 1970 Red Clay Reader) Joanna Russ wrote, "There are plenty of images of women in science fiction. There are hardly any women." This apprehension of the state of affairs has changed in the subsequent decades, chiefly due to the impact of Feminism and to the increasing numbers of women writing sf in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the new century, though also to an increased ...
(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...