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Gibbon, Edwarda

Pseudonym of New Zealand (?) author Charles J Stone (?   -?   ), whose The History of the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1884 chap) is a Near Future tale in which a shift in the Gulf Stream causes a savage Climate Change to afflict Britain; eventually, after a century or two, the monarchy moves shop to New Zealand. The tale is told as by a native of that land (see New Zealander), and ends in a contemplation of the ruins of London Bridge. [JC]


US tv series (1979). Dan Curtis Productions/National Broadcasting Company for NBC-TV. Created by Earl W Wallace and Donald E Westlake. Produced by Rod Amateau. Directors included Amateau, Cliff Bole, Barry Crane. Writers included Stephen Kandel, Brad Radnitz, Westlake. Cast includes Robert Alda, Edward Andrews, Harrison Page and Nita Talbot. One two-hour pilot film plus seven 60-minute episodes. Colour. / The Supertrain is a nuclear-powered bullet train (see Transportation) so large that it ...

Sigler, Scott

(1969-    ) US author, much of whose work has initially appeared in podcast form (see Audiozine); after creating some stories for the Champions Superhero Role Playing Game in the 1990s, he began to publish work of genre interest with "Number One with a Bullet" (in Monsters from Memphis, anth 1997, edited by Beecher Smith). His first novel, Earthcore (2001 ebook), was characteristic of the kind of tale he would focus on, a Technothriller plot augmented by Horror in SF tropes ...

Gilstrap, John

(1957-    ) US screenwriter and author, mostly of nonfantastic thrillers, including the long Jonathan Grave sequence beginning with No Mercy (2009) [series not listed below]. He is of sf interest for the first instalment of the projected Virginia Emerson sequence, Crimson Phoenix (2021), which provides at first a Technothriller-inflected conspectus of World War Three, triggered by Iran's pre-emptive nuclear strike against an Israel about to launch its own missiles. The tale ...

Black, Pansy E

(1890-1957) US stenographer and short story author, born Pansy Ellen Beach, whose two stories for Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series are located in Australia. The Valley of the Great Ray (1930 chap) is a Lost Race tale set in the desert, while The Man from the Meteor (1932 chap) features invading Aliens who also hole up in the Australian interior. In each case, Rays destroy the hidden civilization. [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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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