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Niemann, August

(1839-1919) German editor and author, usually on military matters, whose Future War novel, Der Weltkrieg – Deutsche Träume (1904; trans J H Freese as The Coming Conquest of England 1904), does not anticipate World War One very precisely, though the Near Future conflict envisioned is worldwide, with Britain losing in India and at home against an alliance that groups France, Germany and Russia into an irresistible force. Aetherio, eine Planetenfahrt ["Aetherio: A Trip to the Planets"] ...

Tenet

Film (2020). Warner Brothers Pictures in association with Syncopy. Written and directed by Christopher Nolan. Cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Robert Pattinson and John David Washington. 150 minutes. Colour. / Tenet is a Time Travel action movie that abounds in visual symmetries and takes its title from the centrepiece of the Sator Square, an ancient Latin word-game which arranges five palindromes into a grid that reads the same in four directions. / A CIA operative ...

Kyne, Peter B

(1880-1957) US author, many of whose stories – at least 110 are credited – were made into films, including his first and most famous novel, The Three Godfathers (1913). Though it only hints at Near Future events, Pride of Palomar (1921) – filmed as The Pride of Palomar (1922) – is of interest for its portrayal of the Yellow Peril menace to California represented by immigrating Japanese, who in Social Darwinist terms (see also Evolution) are superior to whites. Of direct ...

Burns, Charles

(1955-    ) US Comic-strip artist and author, born in Washington, District of Columbia, and now based in Philadelphia. The drawing of his Fabulations and Mutant characters displays a strange, heavily stylized vision. His work has been widely published in Italy (notably in Vanity), Spain (El Vibora) and France (Métal Hurlant) as well as in his native USA (Heavy Metal, Village Voice, National Lampoon, Face and Death Rattle). His famous El Borbah strips, collected as ...

Eskridge, Kelley

(1960-    ) US author who has lived with Nicola Griffith from about 1988. She began publishing work of genre interest with "Hum of Human Cities" for Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine #9, Fall 1990. In her first sf novel, the Near Future Solitaire (2002), a young woman trapped in a complex conflict – between an intermittently ruthless international corporation and her sense of destiny as part of a cadre of children chosen to participate in the new planetary government ...

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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