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Brown, Eric

(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 ...

Girod, Gary

(1990-    ) US author whose first work of sf interest is a novella, The Last Pet Shop in Belfast (2012 ebook), set in a Dystopian Near Future Belfast after an unspecified apocalypse (but see Climate Change; Post-Holocaust); the protagonist's loss of Belfast's last dog is treated with some emblematic force. Girod's first full ...

Friedman, Michael Jan

(1955-    ) US author, mostly notably of Ties to Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation and other Star Trek spinoffs, including the My Brother's Keeper trilogy comprising Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Constitution (1998), Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Republic (1998), Star Trek: My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise ...

Krasnostein, Alisa

(?   -    ) Australian environmental scientist (now retired), critic, editor, reviewer and podcaster who won a Ditmar Award in 2007 as Best New Talent. In 2004 she set up the review website Aussie Specfic in Focus! which she ran until 2012, and ran both an early shared world webzine called New Ceres (2 issues 2006-2007) and a Young Adult fiction webzine ...

Altieri, Daniel

(1946-    ) US Orientalist and author in collaboration with Eleanor Cooney [whom see for details] of Shangri-La: The Return to the World of Lost Horizon (1996). [JC]

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 ...

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