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Côté, Denis

(1954-    ) Canadian author whose first two novels, marketed like their successors as juveniles, were Les Hockeyeurs cybernétiques (1983; trans lated by Jane Brierley as Shooting for the Stars 1990), a tale marked by a high degree of invention in its depiction of the adventures of the eponymous hockey player and a female journalist in Lost Ark, a Dystopia; further volumes in the Inactifs sequence include L'idole des inactifs ["A Star for the Idle Masses"] (1989), La ...

Williams, Sean

(1967-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Light Bodies Falling" in Aurealis for October 1991, and has since published a number of stories, the balance here, as with his longer work, being some sf but rather more fantasy. This work has been assembled as Doorway to Eternity (coll 1995), A View Before Dying (coll 1998 chap), New Adventures in Sci-Fi (coll 1999) and Magic Dirt: The Best of Sean Williams (coll 2008). Most of his novels have ...

Takei, George

(1937-    ) US actor and author, best known for his role as Mr Sulu in the original Star Trek. Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe (1979) with Robert Lynn Asprin places a Japanese mercenary and ninja in a free-for-all Near Future corporate world. To the Stars: The Autobiography of George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu (1994), though focusing on the Star Trek years, interestingly speaks of Takei's experience as a Japanese-American child incarcerated during World War Two in an American ...

Fixup

A term first used by A E van Vogt to describe a book made up of previously published stories fitted together – usually with the addition of newly written or published cementing material – so that they read as a novel. Aware that fixups are immensely more common in Genre SF than in any other literature in the world, we borrowed the term for the 1979 edition of this encyclopedia, and continue to use it now; an example is van Vogt's own The Weapon Shops of Isher (July 1941 and December ...

Pomerleau, Luc

(1955-    ) French-speaking Canadian physics graduate, technical translator, editor of the French-language Québec sf magazine Solaris since 1986, and sf and comics critic. He wrote the section on Francophone sf in the Canada entry of this encyclopedia's second edition. [PN]

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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